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There Were Jaredites, Part II: The Babylonian Background (cont.)

TitleThere Were Jaredites, Part II: The Babylonian Background (cont.)
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1956
AuthorsNibley, Hugh W.
MagazineImprovement Era
Issue Number8
Pagination566–567, 602
Date PublishedAugust 1956
KeywordsAncient Near East; Babylon; Glowing Stones; Jaredite Barges; Jaredite Stones; Jaredites; Noah's Ark; Shipbuilding

This wide-ranging series discusses the “epic milieu” of the second millennium B.C. and places the Jaredites in their historical context alongside the Babylonians, Egyptians, early Greeks and others. It makes a comparison between the Book of Ether and ancient writings of Babylon, Egypt, Sumer, and others. The description of the Jaredite boats seem to resemble the boat of Ut-Napitshtim who was the Sumerian counter-part of Noah. Old Jewish and even older Indian sources record the use of shining stones that protect the owner beneath the water. These have been traced back to Babylonian tales of the deluge. Since the Jaredite record reports that their boats were patterned after Noah’s ark, ancient myths that surely have their foundation in real events help to provide greater understanding of the book of Ether. The book of Ether meets all the criteria of epic traditions of heroic societies. The remains of heroic societies are difficult to identify. The second part continues the analysis of the "Babylonian background."