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Lehi in the Desert, the World of the Jaredites, There Were Jaredites (Collected Works of Hugh Nibley) Hardcover – January, 1988


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  • Series: Collected Works of Hugh Nibley (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book Co; 7th Printing edition (January 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875791328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875791326
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Kendal B. Hunter on November 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"Lehi in the Desert and World of the Jaredites" is Dr. Hugh Nibley's first book dealing with the Book of Mormon as an historical text, to analyze the book using every historical tool available. Part of the problem is that many of the critics of the Book of Mormon do not have the Mid-East historical, linguistic, or cultural background plus Ph.D. level historical training and experience to do a satisfactory peer-reviewed study and critic of the Book of Mormon. So what most Book of Mormon critics give instead of substance is heavily footnoted pap and opinion, or they treat the book as you would a Mark Twain novel, completely ignoring the book's truth claims.
Dr. Nibley's premise is simple: the Book of Mormon claims to be the product of Mid-East culture-specifically Egyptian and Jewish cultures--so why not analyze the book as you would any other document that claims to be from a similar time period. It is so simple, it is pure genius!
One of the fascinating evidences cited is the name evidence. Certain names become more popular during different time periods, and the names used in the Book of Mormon correspond to 600 BC. Along these lines is the name Paanchi, one of the pharaohs of Egypt, and masculine Alma, which appears on a recently discovered document. Another point he discusses is the word "Deseret," which is associated with honeybee worship in Egypt.
This is a good read, with no advanced degree in history or special language skills required. The book of Mormon is one of those few books that people do not have to read to have an opinion, which is sad since so much is available on the book.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Zachary C. Hoskins on August 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Hugh Nibley is revered by scholars and hobbyists of the Book of Mormon for good reason. His reputation for rigorous research and intellectual honesty are recognized by those who do not subscribe to the Christian precepts of the Book of Mormon as well as those who do. This book is a seminal work in the body collection of writing both for and against the authenticity of the Book of Mormon. Any person with an interest in the authenticity of that book ought to add this compendium of Nibley's early writing to his/her collection.
What is remarkable about Nibley is his approach to studying the contextual clues found in the Book of Mormon. Any writer from any age will necessarily betray quite a lot about his background origin and beliefs by the things he chooses not to say and expound on as much as what he does say. Nibley draws our attention to phrases like "And my father dwelt in a tent" 1 Nephi 2:15 and "river of water" 1 Nephi 2:6. Seemingly odd phrases to a casual reader, but against the background of Nibley's vast knowledge of things Middle Eastern, they stand out as sharp evidence regarding the historicity and authenticity of the Book of Mormon.
I began writing this review in response to the two former reviews. Having come this far I am less interested in responding to them directly, however since there are a few glaring errors I feel compelled to take the time to correct them. First, the Book of Mormon introduction page does not "... state that the people in the Book of Mormon are the principal ancestors of the American Indians", nor anything of the kind. You may read it for yourself at .... if you have any questions.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jaroslav Melgr on September 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Probably the greatest value in this book is in the number of questions it attempts to ask and the type of issues it delves into rather than the answers it comes up with. It is a compilation of articles written by Hugh Nibley over a course of a few years and first published in a single volume in 1952.

Hugh Nibley was undoubtedly a very knowledgeable person and a great scholar. He wrote on a variety of topics, but generally speaking his works fell into one of the following broad categories: 1. ancient studies, 2. early LDS Church history and 3. social criticism, particularly as pertaining to the LDS Church members. Nibley's best writings are those he wrote as a social critic -- Approaching Zion (The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, Vol 9) is Nibley in his finest moment.

In case of ancient studies, while Nibley raises interesting questions and issues, he often wonders all over the place, does not document his sources very well and often presents his opinions as facts. He is well read and his mind runs a mile a minute and even when he's proven wrong he doesn't bother to go back and correct his views, he's simply moved on. "Lehi in the Desert" falls into this category. Here Nibley explores a variety of issues that weren't necessarily explored before. This book alone supplied a host of research topics for en entire generation of LDS scholars to come after him. However most of Nibley's conclusions in this book are poorly supported. He seldom documents his sources and when he does, he often uses outdated scholarship. For example in his discussion on weather relies almost solely on a book written around 1900 -- about 50 years prior to Nibley's article!
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