By Hugh Nibley
Hugh Nibley is maybe nonetheless top identified for his groundbreaking investigations into the traditional close to jap backgrounds of Lehi and of the Jaredites. these vintage reports are contained during this volume--the first of numerous books to seem within the volumes of The accumulated Works of Hugh Nibley that care for the ebook of Mormon.
Dr. Nibley's wide wisdom of the traditional close to East, and particularly his fluent Arabic, allowed him to reconstruct the possible cultural backgrounds of individuals like Lehi and Nephi and to learn among the traces within the ebook of Mormon to spot evidences in their cultural global. a lot of that facts is sort of direct and powerful; different instances it's sophisticated and extra distant. In both case, not anyone else has even considered seeing such issues; but with no such insights, the lives of Lehi and the Jaredites may "remain within the shadows," as Elder John A. Widtsoe acknowledged in his foreword to the 1952 booklet of Lehi within the wilderness and the area of the Jaredites.
This booklet begun in 1948 with Dr. Nibley's article "The ebook of Mormon as a reflect of the East," which quickly grew into 3 long serials, "Lehi within the barren region" in 1950, "The global of the Jaredites" in 1951-52, and "There have been Jaredites" in 1956-57, all of that have been released within the development period. In 1952, the 1st serials have been released as a publication entitled Lehi within the barren region and the area of the Jaredites. That quantity has loved extensive circulate for thirty-five years.
In the current quantity, the paintings of the editors has been constrained principally to technical projects. the sooner texts stay considerably unchanged, yet they've been edited frivolously. all of the details present in "The publication of Mormon as a replicate of the East" has been labored into the textual content and notes of "Lehi within the Desert." moreover, the sequence "There have been Jaredites" is integrated the following for the 1st time, and all footnotes during this enlarged version were proven and made extra readable.
The different types of historical close to japanese evidence and observations Dr. Nibley correlates with information within the ebook of Mormon are drawn from parts of language and literature, archaeology and historical past, tradition and politics. Taken by myself, few unmarried components are overwhelming notable, yet all jointly they healthy very convincingly into what Dr. Nibley calls "The titanic Picture."
As he writes on the end of his findings: "There is not any element in any respect to the query: Who wrote the e-book of Mormon? it should were relatively as very unlikely for the main discovered guy alive in 1830 because it was once for Joseph Smith."
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We need to make the Book of Mormon an object of serious study,” he says. “Superficiality is quite offensive to the Lord. ” He challenges us to understand the Book of Mormon. “The Book of Mormon,” he says, “is a debatable subject. . ” By rigorous examination, he shows that the Book of Mormon stands up well under close scrutiny. By looking carefully at the Book of Mormon, by ferreting out innuendos, by examining each significant word or phrase in the book, the reader repeatedly finds more than originally meets the eye.
Much of this book first appeared as a series of articles in Improvement Era from October 1964 to December 1966; it was then republished (Salt Lake City: Deseret, 1967). ^12. Hugh W. Nibley, “The Book of Mormon: A Minimal Statement,” Concilium: Theology in the Age of Renewal 25 (New York: Paulist Press, 1968); reprinted in Hugh W. Nibley, Nibley on the Timely and the Timeless, Truman G. Madsen, ed. (Provo: BYU Religious Studies Center, 1978), 151. ^13. Nibley, Since Cumorah, viii. ^14. Gary P. Gillum, Of All Things!