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Weather Report from the Valley of Lemuel

TitleWeather Report from the Valley of Lemuel
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsPhillips, Wm. Revell
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Pagination94-101, 126
KeywordsAncient Near East; Arabia; Climate; Environment; Lehi (Prophet); Old Testament; Valley of Lemuel; Weather

Book of Mormon prophet Lehi and his family left Jerusalem shortly before Nebuchadnezzar destroyed it. As they traveled across the desert, they undoubtedly faced extreme weather conditions. This article examines the climate of the Middle East, particularly of the areas where Lehi probably passed through, and comments on how the family was able to endure such conditions. This analysis takes into account historical climate change, suggesting that the environment in which Lehi found himself may have been slightly more tolerable than the environment of the modern Middle East.