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KnoWhy #130 - Why Did Mormon Give So Many Details About Geography? (Alma 22:32)
TitleKnoWhy #130 - Why Did Mormon Give So Many Details About Geography? (Alma 22:32)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2016
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsAncient 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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Scripture Reference

Alma 22:32