Mormon’s Map

As the ancient prophet Mormon edited the scriptural texts that would become the Book of Mormon, he must have had a map in his mind of the places and physical features that comprised the setting for the events described in that book.

Mormon’s Map is Book of Mormon scholar John Sorenson’s reconstruction of that mental map solely from information gleaned from the text after years of intensive study. He describes his method; establishes the overall shape of Book of Mormon lands; sorts out details of topography, distance, direction, climate, and civilization; and treats issues of historical geography.

The resultant map will facilitate analysis of geography-related issues in the Book of Mormon narrative and also be of help in evaluating theories about where in the real world the Nephite lands were located.


About the Author

John L. Sorenson

John L. Sorenson (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles) is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Brigham Young University.

Table of Contents

  • Does Geography in the Book of Mormon Matter?
  • How Can We Arrive at Mormon's Map?
  • The Overall Configuration
  • The Surface of the Land
  • Distances and Directions
  • The Environment of the Nephites and How They Exploited It
  • Civilization
  • Historical Geography
  • So How Much Do We Know?
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Publication Information

  • Subject: Book of Mormon
  • Publication Year: 2000
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-0934893480
  • Page Count: 168
  • Price: $ 9.95
  • Imprint: FARMS

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