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Lehi in the Desert, Part IX—A Word About Plates

TitleLehi in the Desert, Part IX—A Word About Plates
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1950
AuthorsNibley, Hugh W.
MagazineImprovement Era
Issue Number9
Pagination706–708, 744
Date PublishedSeptember 1950
KeywordsAncient Near East; Brass Plates; Lehi's Trail; Metal Plates; Metallurgy; Recordkeeping; Wilderness

This series is a classic reflection on Lehi’s world in Arabia: poetry, tree of life, family affairs, politics, imagery, travel, tents, and foods. It comprises one of the first attempts to test the Book of Mormon against known geographical and cultural details in the regions where Lehi probably traveled in the Old World. The ninth part discusses the use of metal plates in recordkeeping in the Near East.