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Geografia do Livro de Mórmon

Resumo: A configuração geográfica do Livro de Mórmon tem sido objeto de estudo sério e especulação casual desde antes de o livro ser publicado pela primeira vez. A Igreja tem sido neutra quando se trata de questões relacionadas com a geografia do Livro de Mórmon, como o é FairMormon. Os artigos relacionados abaixo descreverão as várias teorias e analisarão os pontos fortes e fracos de cada uma.

Livro de Mórmon geografia no Velho Mundo



Livro de Mórmon geografia no Velho Mundo

Resumo: A discussion of the Arabian, or Old World, geography of the Book of Mormon enjoys many advantages over discussion of New World matters. Chief among these is the fact that we know we certainty where the story begins—in Old World Jerusalem. There is simply no way that Joseph could have obtained enough information about Arabia to fabricate more than a minute fraction of the travels described in First Nephi.

Matching Old World geography with locations described in the Book of Mormon

Resumo: The locations and route of Lehi's travel corresponds exactly with locations and known routes used in the Old World.

Vale de Lemuel

Resumo: The valley of Lemuel requires several characteristics. In 1995, Potter and colleagues found a hitherto unrecognized wadi[1] which has parallels to the requirements of the Book of Mormon text, including a river of water which is "continually running," which they interpret as requiring a year-round water flow. Although Saudi and US geological surveys have concluded that Saudi Arabia "may...be without any perennial rivers or streams," visits to the area in April, May, July, August, November, December, and January have all found flowing water in the candidate valley which Potter's team identified.

Rota do Incenso

Resumo: Lehi's journey paralleled the ancient "Frankincense trail," a trade route used in ancient Arabia


Resumo: Regarding the place name Shazer, Nigel Groom's Dictionary of Arabic Topography and Placenames contains an entry for a similar word, "shajir," giving the meaning: "A valley or area abounding with trees and shrubs."


Resumo: Nephi's party reaches an area "which was called Nahom" (1 Nephi 16:34) near the time that they make an eastward turn in their journey. NHM [the root for naham] appears twenty-five times in the narrative books of the Bible, and in every case it is associated with death. Strikingly, altars dating from the time of Lehi have been found with the inscription "NHM." As one travels south-southeast of Jerusalem along the major trunk of the ancient Arabian trade route, the route branches east toward the southeastern coast at only one point: in the Jawf valley (Wadi Jawf) just a few miles from Nehem. From thence the eastern branch of the trade route goes toward the ancient port of Qana--modern Bir Ali—on the Hadhramaut coast, where most of the incense was shipped. This eastern branch was the major route—the pathways to the south were less used.


Resumo: If Nehem is the Book of Mormon site Nahom, then is there a Bountiful to the east of it on the coast? Amazingly, we have the luxury of two excellent candidate sites that are roughly due east of Nehem on the Oman coast. The Astons propose Wadi Sayq as the best candidate for Bountiful, and it impressively fits the criteria that one can derive from the Book of Mormon. Potter and Sedor propose the area of Salalah and the nearby ancient port of Khor Rori as the general site for Bountiful.

Livro de Mórmon geografia no Novo Mundo



Livro de Mórmon geografia no Novo Mundo

Resumo: New World geography - location of the majority of the Book of Mormon narrative, in the "promised land"—somewhere in the western hemisphere.

The Church's position on Book of Mormon geography

Resumo: What is the Church's position on questions related to Book of Mormon geography?

Evaluating prospective Book of Mormon geographical theories

Resumo: How can one evaluate Book of Mormon geographical theories and determine their validity?

Teoria de Geografia Hemisférica

Resumo: The Hemispheric Geography Theory (or HGT) is the traditional understanding of the Book of Mormon. It postulates that the events in the book took place over North and South America, with the Isthmus of Panama as the narrow neck of land.

Teoria de Geografia Limitada

Resumo: The Limited Geography Theory (or LGT) is a non-traditional interpretation of the text, but one that has gained wide acceptance among the Book of Mormon scholars and readers over the last 60 years. It is based on a close reading of the text, which indicates that the lands inhabited by the Lehites could be traversed on foot in only a few weeks, making the area no larger than present-day California.

Location of the Hill Cumorah

Resumo: If Mormon chapter 6 is a literal description of the destruction of the Nephites by the Lamanites — approximately 100 thousand were killed by swords and axes — why hasn't any evidence of the battle been found at the site that was traditionally identified as the hill Cumorah in western New York state?

Great Lakes geography

Resumo: I've heard some members claim that the Book of Mormon fits best in a geography located around the Great Lakes, between the United States and Canada. What can you tell me about this geographic model?

Enganos utilizados para apoiar o Livro de Mórmon

Resumo: Some fraudulent objects have been used in an attempt to support the Book of Mormon.

Statements made by Church leaders on the subject of Book of Mormon geography

Resumo: This page collects a variety of writings by Church leaders and members throughout its history, illustrating that debate and discussion about Book of Mormon geography has been very free, precisely because there was no revealed or "authoritative" geography. This collection is a work in progress; readers who know of additional statements are invited to contact FAIR.

Nenhuma geografia revelou

Resumo: A collection of statements indicating that there is no revealed geography for the Book of Mormon (these quotes are also in the collections below, by date).

Século IXX

Durante a vida de Joseph Smith 1829-1840

Depois da morte de Joseph Smith

Século XX

Século XXI

Críticas relacionadas com Livro de Mórmon geografia



Críticas relacionadas com Livro de Mórmon geografia

Relação de modelo Heartland a outros modelos

Resumo: Are geographical models that do not agree with the Heartland model "apostate?"

Desprezando as declarações de Joseph Smith

Resumo: Do LDS scholars "disdain" the statements of Joseph Smith related to Book of Mormon geography?

Definição de "esta terra"

Resumo: Definition of "this land" with respect to Book of Mormon geography

Localização de Zaraenla

Resumo: It is claimed that the location of the city of Zarahemla was provided to Joseph Smith through revelation and that it was located on the Mississippi River opposite where Nauvoo is located today.

Fronteiras dos lamanitas

Resumo: It is claimed that the proposal of a Mesoamerican limited geographical Book of Mormon setting contradicts D&C 54:8, which discusses the "borders of the Lamanites" being in North America.


Resumo: Statements made by Church leaders, members, and publications about Book of Mormon geography issues

Nenhuma geografia revelou

Resumo: A collection of statements indicating that there is no revealed geography for the Book of Mormon (these quotes are also in the collections below, by date).


  1. George Potter, "A New Candidate in Arabia for the "Valley of Lemuel"," Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 8/1 (1999): 54–63. off-site [No PDF link] wiki