Lehi in the Desert; The World of the Jaredites; There Were Jaredites

Gifted Latter-day Saint scholar Hugh Nibley may be best known for his pioneering investigations into the ancient Near Eastern backgrounds of Lehi and the Jaredites in the Book of Mormon. Three of those classic studies are combined in this volume.

Dr. Nibley’s vast learning in history, culture, archaeology, languages, and literature enabled him to identify evidences of the ancient Near Eastern cultural world in the Book of Mormon and to flesh out that background in a compelling manner. Much of that evidence is direct and strong, providing a constant stream of rare insights into the lives of Lehi and the Jaredites, as well as clarifying perspectives on the Book of Mormon as an authentic ancient text.

Table of Contents

  • Key to Abbreviations
  • Foreword to the 1952 Edition
  • Introduction to the 1988 Edition
  • The Troubled Orient
  • Men of the East
  • Into the Desert
  • Desert Ways and Places
  • The City and the Sand
  • Lehi the Winner
  • A Twilight World
  • Departure
  • Jared on the Steppes
  • Jaredite Culture: Splendor and Shame
  • They Take Up the Sword
  • A Permanent Heritage
  • The Heroic Age
  • Egypt Revisited
  • The Babylonian Background
  • Epic Milieu in the Old Testament
  • Our Own People
  • Appendix 1: East Coast or West Coast?
  • Appendix 2: How Far to Cumorah?
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Publication Information

  • Publication Date: 1988
  • ISBN 13: 978-0875791326
  • Page Count: 496
  • Illustration(s): 0
  • Binding: hardcover
  • Price: $ 39.95
  • Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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