The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, Vol. 5: Lehi in the by Hugh Nibley

By Hugh Nibley

Hugh Nibley is maybe nonetheless most sensible recognized for his groundbreaking investigations into the traditional close to japanese backgrounds of Lehi and of the Jaredites. these vintage reports are contained during this volume--the first of numerous books to seem within the volumes of The gathered Works of Hugh Nibley that care for the publication of Mormon.

Dr. Nibley's large wisdom of the traditional close to East, and particularly his fluent Arabic, allowed him to reconstruct the possible cultural backgrounds of individuals like Lehi and Nephi and to learn among the strains within the e-book of Mormon to spot evidences in their cultural global. a lot of that proof is kind of direct and powerful; different instances it truly is sophisticated and extra distant. In both case, not anyone else has even considered seeing such issues; but with out such insights, the lives of Lehi and the Jaredites may "remain within the shadows," as Elder John A. Widtsoe stated in his foreword to the 1952 e-book of Lehi within the desolate tract and the area of the Jaredites.

This publication begun in 1948 with Dr. Nibley's article "The booklet of Mormon as a reflect of the East," which quickly grew into 3 long serials, "Lehi within the wilderness" in 1950, "The international of the Jaredites" in 1951-52, and "There have been Jaredites" in 1956-57, all of that have been released within the development period. In 1952, the 1st serials have been released as a ebook entitled Lehi within the desolate tract and the realm of the Jaredites. That quantity has loved broad flow for thirty-five years.

In the current quantity, the paintings of the editors has been restrained mostly to technical projects. the sooner texts stay considerably unchanged, yet they've been edited flippantly. all of the info present in "The booklet of Mormon as a replicate of the East" has been labored into the textual content and notes of "Lehi within the Desert." furthermore, the sequence "There have been Jaredites" is integrated the following for the 1st time, and all footnotes during this enlarged version were validated and made extra readable.

The types of historic close to japanese proof and observations Dr. Nibley correlates with information within the ebook of Mormon are drawn from components of language and literature, archaeology and background, tradition and politics. Taken by myself, few unmarried components are overwhelming extraordinary, yet all jointly they healthy very convincingly into what Dr. Nibley calls "The colossal Picture."

As he writes on the end of his findings: "There isn't any aspect in any respect to the query: Who wrote the booklet of Mormon? it should were really as very unlikely for the main realized guy alive in 1830 because it was once for Joseph Smith."

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Robert K. Thomas, “The Influence of Hugh Nibley: His Presence in the University,” in John W. , unpublished collection of essays, 1975), 13. Part 1: Lehi in the Desert The Ancient Orient. C. Since the publication of this account, other ancient travel stories have been unearthed in the Near East and been accepted as genuine or pronounced fictitious as they fulfilled or failed to fulfill certain conditions. ”4 With such examples before us, we may proceed to test the story of Lehi: does it correctly reflect “the cultural horizon and religious and social ideas and practices of the time”?

In ancient history from the University of California at Berkeley, was none other than Hugh W. Nibley, age thirty-four. While preparing for the invasion, he had just visited several antiquarian bookstores in London—walking out with armloads of Arabic and Greek literary treasures. He had also, on the sly, slipped a copy of the Book of Mormon into one of the fifty-five pockets in his regimental intelligence corps fatigues. The jeep ahead of Nibley’s went over a sand knoll and disappeared from the face of the earth, never to be heard of or even seen again.

It would have been quite as impossible for the most learned man alive in 1830 as it was for Joseph Smith. 9 While the potency of his insights is hard to ignore, one should not be sated at this point. The first course is only the appetizer. Over the years, Hugh Nibley has not rested until he has understood the messages of the Book of Mormon in light of these historical backgrounds. Thus, a reader should not plan to stop at the end of this particular volume, but should look ahead to the broadening perspectives yet to come in An Approach to the Book of Mormon,10 Since Cumorah,11 and many subsequent articles about the prophetic meanings of the Book of Mormon.

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