Two weeks ago I was in Salalah, Oman, to take a look at one of the candidates for Lehi's land Bountiful in Arabia.
The discussion on wikipedia is an excellent summary:
I discussed this on the Mormon Book Reviews youtube channel, here:
I think Khor Rori makes the most sense, but reasonable people can reach different conclusions. The area around Salalah and Khor Rori has plenty of water and abundant honey, fruit, etc. Even when we visited in February, well into the dry season, waterfalls were running.
Nephi explained that "Now I, Nephi, did not work the timbers after the manner which was learned by men, neither did I build the ship after the manner of men; but I did build it after the manner which the Lord had shown unto me; wherefore, it was not after the manner of men." (1 Nephi 18:2)
It's also interesting that, ss the wikipedia page on Khor Rori explains, the site was not known to the western world until it was discovered in 1895.
The explanation at the visitor's center is a nice depiction of how I see Lehi's ship departing:
|(click to enlarge photos)|
The cliffs on both sides of the harbor are natural, as you can see in some of the other photos I showed in the video on Mormon Book Reviews:
|Wadi Darbat in the mountains north of Khor Rori, the source for the river the flows out to the sea.|
|Khor Rori viewed from the mountains|
|The ruins at Khor Rori|
|Ruins in the foreground|
|Display of ship|
|It's easy to see how Lehi would have sailed south|
along the east coast of Africa before sailing west to America,
as Isaiah described in Isaiah 18:1.
Post a Comment