ENLARGED EDITION OF LEHI IN THE DESERT: VOLUME 5 OF THE NIBLEY COLLECTED WORKS
The new expanded edition of Lehi in the Desert is an essential starting place for understanding the many things Hugh Nibley has contributed over the past four decades to Book of Mormon scholarship. This classic material broke ground in previously unexplored areas, which proved enormously fruitful. This vigorous and insightful research into the cultural and spiritual roots of Lehi and the Jaredites has never been equalled or exhausted.
All students of the Book of Mormon will be richly rewarded by the republication and enhancement of this volume. It comes highly recommended from many sides. It has enjoyed wide popular distribution, being written for all to enjoy and understand. The book likewise stimulates and welcomes rigorous investigation, and has withstood thorough source checking. In 1952, Elder John A. Widtsoe gave his assessment: "The book could not have been written except with vast acquaintance with sources of historical leaming. It has been written also under the inspiration of the Spirit of God."
In this new 470-page volume, Nibley relives the stories of two ancient migrations from the Near East to the Americas. He examines who those immigrants were, why they left their Near Eastern homes, and what may be now known about their culture and customs. Furthermore, he elucidates many details that are only subtly mentioned in the Book of Mormon accounts. Impressive correlations with the Book of Mormon are drawn from areas of language, literature, archaeology, history, culture and politics. Numerous details combine to help us see what Nibley calls "the big picture." Cumulatively, they convincingly show how hard it would have been for an unschooled young man in 1830 to fabricate the Book of Mormon.
This new edition contains three lengthy serials that originally appeared in the Improvement Era, namely "Lehi in the Desert" from 1950, "The World of the Jaredites" from 1951-52, and now for the first time in book form, "There Were Jaredites" from 1956-57. "There Were Jaredites" is an engaging comparison, in dialogue form, of epic and heroic society of the Jaredites to the similar epic and heroic world of the Babylonians and Hittites, all from the Second Millenium B.C. The new volume includes for the first time a full scripture index, and maps and illustrations that appeared in the original magazine publications.
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