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Nugget #21:
The Richness of First Nephi in the Book of Mormon: Further Reading

First Nephi in the Book of Mormon offers some of the most interesting evidences for the Book of Mormon, particularly the description of the journey across the Arabian Peninsula to Nahom and then due east to Bountiful. An significant list of resources available from FARMS on this topic is provided on a their compilation of resources dealing with First Nephi. That page includes links to each of the articles cited, and should provide many hours of great reading with numerous insights into First Nephi. I would be amazed and delighted if anti-Mormon critics would bother reading at least five or six of these, and seek to actually deal with the content provided by LDS apologists instead of simply chanting mantras such as: "no evidence . . . not a scrap of evidence . . . nothing has been found [breathe deeply here and repeat, eyes firmly closed]."

The FARMS list includes many gems, such as information on newly discovered altars providing archeological support for the Book of Mormon. But it doesn't include all the relevant FARMS articles, such as "The Jewish/Nephite Lunar Calendar" by Randall Spackman.

Some of my Book of Mormon Nuggets are also related, including:

One of my favorite resources on the topic are Warren P. Aston and Michael K. Aston, In the Footsteps of Lehi (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Comp., 1994), a fraction of which is summarized in Warren P. Aston, "The Arabian Bountiful Discovered? Evidence for Nephi's Bountiful." Other highly impressive details supporting First Nephi from the Arabian Peninsula are found in George Potter and Richard Wellington's new book, Lehi in the Wilderness (Springville, Utah: Cedar Fort, Inc., 2003) that provides numerous new Book of Mormon evidences and adds depth to previously discussed evidences from the Arabian Peninsula.

A few years ago John Tvedtnes also compiled some references that he found helpful in dealing with First Nephi. Here is his list that was shared by e-mail in 2000:

Mark J. Johnson, "The Exodus of Lehi Revisited," in Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 3/2 (1994): 123-26; reprinted in John W. Welch and Melvin J. Thorne, Pressing Forward With the Book of Mormon (FARMS, 1999), 54-57.

David E. Sloan, "The Book of Lehi and the Plates of Lehi," in Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6/2 (1997): 269-72; reprinted in Welch and Thorne, Pressing Forward With the Book of Mormon, 59-62.

John A. Tvedtnes, "Was Lehi a Caravaneer?" chapter 10 in Tvedtnes, The Most Correct Book: Insights From a Book of Mormon Scholar (Cornerstone, 1999), 76-98.

John A. Tvedtnes, "By Small Means," chapter 15 in Tvedtnes, The Most Correct Book: Insights From a Book of Mormon Scholar, 116-119.

S. Kent Brown, "Nephi's Use of Lehi's Record," in John L. Sorenson and Melvin J. Thorne, Rediscovering the Book of Mormon (Deseret and FARMS, 1991): 3-14.

Terrence L. Szink, "Nephi and the Exodus," in Sorenson and Thorne, Rediscovering the Book of Mormon, 38-51.

Alan Goff, "Mourning, Consolation, and Repentance at Nahom," in Sorenson and Thorne, Rediscovering the Book of Mormon, 92-99.

Eugene England, "Through the Arabian Desert to a Bountiful Land: Could Joseph Smith Have Known the Way?" in Noel B. Reynolds, Book of Mormon Authorship: New Light on Ancient Origins (BYU Religious Studies Center, 1982; reprinted by FARMS, 1996), 143-156.

"Nephi's Bows and Arrows," in John W. Welch, Reexploring the Book of Mormon (FARMS, 1992), 41-43.

Robert F. Smith, "Lodestone and the Liahona," in John W. Welch, Reexploring the Book of Mormon, 44-46.

Warren P. and Michaela J. Aston, Stephen D. Ricks, and John W. Welch, "Lehi's Trail and Nahom Revisited," in John W. Welch, Reexploring the Book of Mormon, 47-52.

John L. Sorenson, "Winds and Currents: A Look at Nephi's Ocean Crossing," in John W. Welch, Reexploring the Book of Mormon, 53-56.

Frederick G. Williams III, "Did Lehi Land in Child?" in John W. Welch, Reexploring the Book of Mormon, 57-61.

John L. Sorenson, "When Lehi's Party Arrived, Did They Find Others in the Land?" Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 1/1 (fall 1992): 1-34.

Alan Goff, "Boats, Beginnings, and Repetitions," Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 1/1 (fall 1992): 67-84.

Bruce J. Boehm, "Wanderers in the Promised Land: A Study of the Exodus Motif in the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible," Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 3/1 (spring 1994): 187-203.

Robert L. Bunker, "The Design of the Liahona and the Purpose of the Second Spindle," Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 3/2 (fall 1994), 1-11.

Mark J. Johnson, "The Exodus of Lehi Revisited," Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 3/2 (fall 1994), 123-126.

S. Kent Brown, "A Case for Lehi's Bondage in Arabia," Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6/2 (1997), 205-217; revised as "Sojourn, Dwell, and Stay: Terms of Servitude," in Brown, "What Were Those Sacrifices Offered by Lehi?" in Brown, From Jerusalem to Zarahemla: Literary and Historical Studies of the Book of Mormon (BYU Religious Studies Center, 1999), 55-74.

S. Kent Brown, "What Were Those Sacrifices Offered by Lehi?" in Brown, From Jerusalem to Zarahemla, 1-8.

S. Kent Brown, "What Is Isaiah Doing in First Nephi?" in Brown, From Jerusalem to Zarahemla, 9-27.

S. Kent Brown, "Recovering the Missing Record of Lehi," in Brown, From Jerusalem to Zarahemla, 28-54.

S. Kent Brown, "The Exodus Pattern in the Book of Mormon," in Brown, From Jerusalem to Zarahemla, 75-98.

William J. Hamblin, "The Bow and Arrow in the Book of Mormon," in Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin, Warfare in the Book of Mormon (Deseret and FARMS, 1990), 365-99.

Noel B. Reynolds, "Lehi's Arabian Journey Updated," in Noel B. Reynolds, Book of Mormon Authorship Revisited (FARMS, 1997), 379-390.

FARMS reprint (1984, with introduction by Alan Goff and John W. Welch) of Nahum Waldman, "The Breaking of the Bow," Jewish Quarterly Review 69 (October 1978): 82-88.

Please let me know of other resources you recommend.

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