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A Tale of Two Rivers: The Limhi Expedition

The following post is a regurgitation of the following: Tales from the Book of Mormon with a Geographic Twist.

Now king Limhi had sent, previous to the coming of Ammon, a small number of men to search for the land of Zarahemla; but they could not find it, and they were lost in the wilderness. 

Nevertheless, they did find a land which had been peopled; yea, a land which was covered with dry bones; yea, a land which had been peopled and which had been destroyed; and they, having supposed it to be the land of Zarahemla, returned to the land of Nephi, having arrived in the borders of the land not many days before the coming of Ammon. 

And they brought a record with them, even a record of the people whose bones they had found; and it was engraven on plates of ore.
Mosiah 21:25-27

The discovery of Ether's record was a strange occurance, from the vantage point of modern readers who lack geographical context. Just two generations before, Zeniff led a group to reclaim the "land of first i…

The Jenkins Follies: Nahom and the Strawman Fallacy

Philip Jenkins is the Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University, a Baptist university in Waco, Texas. Jenkins and Bill Hamblin have been having a war of words on Patheos, which can be found here. In a recent post by Jenkins, The Nahom Follies, he attempts to diminish the significance of the Book of Mormon's description of Lehi's exodus, and it's convergence with the ancient Arabia, by ignoring multiple convergences between the two and focusing on the perceived inevitability of finding a three letter root, NHM, anywhere and everywhere in the Arabian peninsula. 

Jenkins reveals his ignorance of Book of Mormon studies, and attempts to correlate Lehi's exodus, as recorded in First Nephi, with the real world places it claims to describe, by claiming that such a correlation "is, literally, the only case where anyone still seriously pretends that they have some kind of archaeological support for the Book of Mormon."
This is a big tell for if Jenkins had …