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|Title||Weather Report from the Valley of Lemuel|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2006|
|Authors||Phillips, Wm. Revell|
|Journal||Journal of Book of Mormon Studies|
|Keywords||Ancient 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.
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