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TitleAn Ishmael Buried Near Nahom
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsRappleye, Neal
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsArabia; Ishmael; Nahom; Nihm Region; Stela

Latter-day Saint scholars generally agree that “the place called… Nahom,” where Ishmael was buried (1 Nephi 16:34) is identified as the Nihm tribal region in Yemen. Significantly, a funerary stela with the name y s1mʿʾl — the South Arabian equivalent of Ishmael — was found near the Nihm region and dated to ca. 6th century bc. Although it cannot be determined with certainty that this is the Ishmael from the Book of Mormon, circumstantial evidence suggests that such is a possibility worth considering.


Scripture Reference

1 Nephi 16:34