Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:

The Nahom Convergence Reexamined: The Eastward Trail, Burial of the Dead, and the Ancient Borders of Nihm

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Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
92 pages Saddle-stitched
1 nephi, arabia, Book of Mormon, burial, church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, Ishmael, lds, lehi, Mormonism, nahom, NHM, Nihm

Abstract: For decades, several Latter-day Saint scholars have maintained that there is a convergence with the location of Nahom in the Book of Mormon and the Nihm region of Yemen. To establish whether there really is such a convergence, I set out to reexamine where the narrative details of 1 Nephi 16:33–17:1 best fit within the Arabian Peninsula. I then review the historical geography of the Nihm tribe, identifying its earliest known borders and academic interpretations of their location in antiquity. After establishing both where we should expect to find Nahom and the most likely location of ancient Nihm independent of one another, the two locations are compared and found to substantially overlap, suggesting that the “Nahom convergence” is real. With the convergent relationship established, I then explore four possible scenarios for Lehi’s stop at Nahom, the burial of Ishmael, and the party’s journey eastward toward Bountiful based on the new data presented in this paper.

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