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TitleNew Light
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsBerrett, LaMar C., S. Kent Brown, and Terrence L. Szink
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Pagination64-70, 79
Type of ArticleNew Light
KeywordsAlma the Elder; Alma the Younger; Anthon Transcript; Anthon, Charles; Arabia; Harris, Martin; Hoax; Ishmael; Khirbet Beit Lei; Lehi's Cave; Nahom; Name; Onomastics

Berrett discusses point by point reasons why an ancient burial complex at Khirbet Beit Lei, sometimes called “Lehi’s cave,” is unlikely to have Book of Mormon connections.

Brown describes a carved altar inscribed to the tribe Nihm discovered in the southwest Arabian peninsula (Yemen)—this location may be the place Nahom where Nephi’s father-in-law, Ishmael, was buried, according to the Book of Mormon record.

The characters on the Anthon transcript reportedly taken by Martin Harris to New York to show to Professor Charles Anthon bear resemblance to characters on two Mexican seals made of baked clay.

Szink identifies another possible Semitic source for the name Alma in the tablets of Ebla uncovered in Syria.