Book of Mormon Central Archive
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1999|
|Authors||Berrett, LaMar C., S. Kent Brown, and Terrence L. Szink|
|Journal||Journal of Book of Mormon Studies|
|Type of Article||New Light|
|Keywords||Alma; Altar; Anthon Transcript; Arabia; Charles Anthon; Early Church History; Hoax; Ishmael; Khirbet Beit Lei; Lehi's Cave; Martin Harris; Nahom; Name; Onomastics|
Berrett discusses point by point reasons why an ancient burial complex at Khirbet Beit Lei, sometimes called “Lehi’s cave,” is unlikely to have Book of Mormon connections.
Brown describes a carved altar inscribed to the tribe Nihm discovered in the southwest Arabian peninsula (Yemen)—this location may be the place Nahom where Nephi’s father-in-law, Ishmael, was buried, according to the Book of Mormon record.
The characters on the Anthon transcript reportedly taken by Martin Harris to New York to show to Professor Charles Anthon bear resemblance to characters on two Mexican seals made of baked clay.
Szink identifies another possible Semitic source for the name Alma in the tablets of Ebla uncovered in Syria.
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