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|Title||KnoWhy #130 - Why Did Mormon Give So Many Details About Geography? (Alma 22:32)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Ancient America; Bountiful (Polity); Desolation (Polity); Geography; Map; Mormon; Nephi (Polity); Zarahemla (Polity)|
Practically since the Book of Mormon was published, its geography has been the subject of discussion and debate. Amidst the hundreds of passages of potential geographic significance, Alma 22:27–34 is widely regarded as the most comprehensive statement available on the configuration of Book of Mormon lands. Despite the limited space on the plates, Mormon—as a historian and military leader—may have included these details because he knew how important geography is to understanding historical events. All this geographical information not only adds another layer of complexity, but also strengthens the sense that the text describes a true historical reality.
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