Lesson 18 - Life in the Desert, 1. Man versus Nature

Title

Lesson 18 - Life in the Desert, 1. Man versus Nature

Manual Title

An Approach to the Book of Mormon

Publication Type

Manual

Lesson

18

Year of Publication

1957

Authors

Nibley, Hugh W. (Primary)

Pagination

190-201

Publisher

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Place Published

Salt Lake City

Terms of use

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Bibliographic Citation

Nibley, Hugh W. "Lesson 18 - Life in the Desert, 1. Man versus Nature" In An Approach to the Book of Mormon, 190-201. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1957.

Abstract

In Nephi’s description of his father’s eight years of wandering in the desert we have an all but foolproof test for the authenticity of the Book of Mormon. It can be shown from documents strewn down the centuries that the ways of the desert have not changed, and many first-hand documents have actually survived from Lehi’s age and from the very regions in which he wandered. These inscriptions depict the same hardships and dangers as those described by Nephi, and the same reaction to them. A strong point for the Book of Mormon is the claim that Lehi’s people survived only by “keeping to the more fertile parts of the wilderness,” since that is actually the custom followed in those regions, though the fact has only been known to westerners for a short time. Nephi gives us a correct picture of hunting practices both as to weapons and methods used. Even the roughest aspects of desert life at its worst are faithfully and correctly depicted.

Table of Contents

Manual

An Approach to the Book of Mormon
Nibley, Hugh W.

30 Lessons

Lesson 1 - Introduction
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 1-12
Lesson 2 - A Time for Re-Examination
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 13-25
Lesson 3 - An Auspicious Beginning
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 26-37
Lesson 4 - Lehi as a Representative Man
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 38-46
Lesson 5 - Lehi's Affairs, 1. The Jews and the Caravan Trade
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 47-57
Lesson 6 - Lehi's Affairs, 2. Lehi and the Arabs
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 58-69
Lesson 7 - Lehi's Affairs, 3. Dealings with Egypt
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 70-78
Lesson 8 - Politics in Jerusalem
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 79-91
Lesson 9: Escapade in Jerusalem
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 92-101
Lesson 10 - Portrait of Laban
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 102-112
Lesson 11 - The Flight into the Wilderness
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 113-121
Lesson 12 - The Pioneer Tradition and the True Church
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 122-132
Lesson 13 - Churches in the Wilderness
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 133-142
Lesson 14 - Unwelcome Voices from the Dust
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 143-153
Lesson 15 - Qumran and the Waters of Mormon
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 154-163
Lesson 16 - The Apocrypha and the Book of Mormon
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 164-177
Lesson 17 - A Strange Order of Battle
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 178-189
Lesson 18 - Life in the Desert, 1. Man versus Nature
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 190-201
Lesson 19 - Life in the Desert, 2. Man versus Man
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 202-216
Lesson 20 - Life in the Desert, 3. Lehi's Dream
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 217-228
Lesson 21 - Life in the Desert, Lehi the Poet — A Desert Idyll
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 229-241
Lesson 22 - Proper Names in the Book of Mormon
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 242-255
Lesson 23 - Old World Ritual in the New World
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 256-270
Lesson 24 - Ezekiel 37:15-23 as Evidence for the Book of Mormon
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 271-287
Lesson 25 - Some Test Cases from the Book of Ether
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 288-298
Lesson 26 - The Way of the "Intellectuals"
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 299-314
Lesson 27 - The Way of the Wicked
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 315-335
Lesson 28 - The Nature of Book of Mormon Society
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 336-350
Lesson 29 - Strategy for Survival
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 351-365
Appendix 1 - The Archaeological Problem
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 366-377
Arabia
Wilderness

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