Book of Mormon
Week 5: The journeys to Bountiful₁ & the promised land
1 Nephi 16–22
3 October 2019
Additional reading and links
- On the recent archaeological discoveries in the Arabian Peninsula that validate the historicity story in 1 Nephi, see the articles in Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 15, no. 2 (2006) and also Book of Mormon Central’s KnoWhy #259, “Has the Location of Nephi’s Bountiful Been Discovered?”
Portions of this lesson include segments from Journey of Faith, a 2005 documentary by the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies at Brigham Young University. This documentary provides insights from Latter-day Saint and non-Latter-day Saint scholars into the route of Lehi₁’s journey through Arabia, including likely locations for Nahom, where Ishmael₁ died, and Bountiful₁, where Nephi₁ built the ship that took his family to the promised land.
In this follow-up to “Journey of Faith,” LDS scholars delve into Mormon₂’s description of the Nephites’ land of promise and the religious history, culture, and traditions of its people.
How difficult would it be to make a functional bow and arrow using only primitive tools and materials on hand, as described in 1 Nephi 16:23? This Australian blogger did it with only a stone hatchet, a stone chisel, and stone blades and fire sticks. How much better would Nephi₁’s bow and arrow have been, considering that he almost certainly had more advanced tools?