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New Light: Nahom and the “Eastward” Turn

TitleNew Light: Nahom and the “Eastward” Turn
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsS. Kent Brown
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Pagination111-112, 120
Type of ArticleNew Light
KeywordsAncient Near East; Arabia; Ishmael; Lehi (Prophet); Nahom

The account of the journey of Lehi’s family through the wilderness mentions one local name, Nahom, where Ishmael was buried. The discovery of the tribal name NHM on three altars from the seventh and sixth centuries bc provides a likely location for that stopping point on their trip. This site is located at the bend of the incense trail that went in the opposite direction of Lehi’s group—westward to NHM and then turning northward.