I have debating tonight on whether to expand on the comments made by me and a visitor on my last posting on the Book of Mormon lands. I don’t mind a good discussion but I don’t want to end up in a long drawn out debate that will lead to no where. I believe I have addressed my viewpoints well enough through my postings and comments but I will re-emphasize them now.
I don’t believe that most of the events that took place in the Book of Mormon could have happened in one small geographical area as suggested by several theories. Knowing what I know about mankind’s history I find it very unlikely that two very large societies, the people of Zarahemla and the people of the land of Nephi, could exist within a few hundred miles of each other for close to 400 years without knowing the existence of each other. Societies will grow and expand until they reach a large enough barrier to stop its growth for a time, whatever the barriar may be. And even this barrier will somehow be broken through. Nearly every culture or society in the world’s history follows the same pattern. People will migrate to new places searching for a place with enough resources and security to support their families. People will always leave their homes during times of great difficulties whether it be a war, oppression, natural disaster, famine, etc. Some of course will stay to deal with whatever the situation is and the survivors are the ones that will rebuild their cities and towns. During times of peace in a society rulers will generally send explorers out to search out new lands to expand their kingdoms or to search for resources to use in their kingdoms. In the case of the Book of Mormon it is recorded in Omni that there were many wars and contentions with the Lamanites and many years of peace. I find it hard to believe that during all this time that there would be no contact between the two nations. Otherwise why would Mosiah discover the land of Zarahemla? Someone during the nearly 400 years would have brought back news of a large society up north. This would have been common knowledge by Mosiah’s time. There had to be a significant distance or barrier between the two lands for the two societies not to have any contact with each other during all of this time. This is where I stand concerning this model. I know it is not perfect and maybe I have made too many assumptions but this is based on my general knowledge of world history and societies.
To be continued….