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Shazer is a place on the Arabian peninsula referenced in the Book of Mormon as one of the stops on the Old World segment of Lehi's journey (1 Nephi 16:13). (See Archaeology and the Book of Mormon.)
It was at this location that Lehi's group stopped to hunt "in the wilderness" (1 Nephi 16:14). According to the narrative, this location was named by Lehi. The practice of naming locations after family members is a known Semitic practice.
LDS scholar Hugh Nibley compared the name Shazer to other known names and their meanings. Nibley states that the term shajer is common in Palestinian place-names and that it means "trees." Variants of the term are presented as Sajur, Shaghur, and Segor, all said to represent a collection of trees. Nibley also mentions "a famous water hole in South Arabia, called Shisur by [Bertram] Thomas and Shisar by Philby." A ruined city called "Shisur" and a permanent spring exist 90 miles northwest of Salalah in Oman on the route of the frankincence trail.
Some LDS scholars claim that they found Shazer. The name of this location is today wadi Sharma.
- ↑ "And it came to pass that we traveled for the space of four days, nearly a south-southeast direction, and we did pitch our tents again; and we did call the name of the place Shazer."
- ↑ Givens 2002, p. 120
- ↑ Potter & Wellington 2004
- ↑ Hilton & Hilton 1996, p. 33
- ↑ Nibley 1988, p. 78—79
- ↑ Zarins, Juris (June 1997). "Atlantis of the Sands". Archaeology (Archaeological Institute of America) 50 (3). http://www.archaeology.org/9705/abstracts/ubar.html. Retrieved 2007-02-22.
- ↑ Nephi Project Research Discoveries
- Givens, Terryl L (2002), By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture That Launched a New World Religion, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-513818-X.
- Hilton, Lynn M & Hope A Hilton (1996), Discovering Lehi: New Evidence of Lehi and Nephi in Arabia, Cedar Fort, Inc., ISBN 1-55517-257-1.
- Nibley, Hugh (1988), Lehi in the Desert, the World of the Jaredites, There Were Jaredites (Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, Vol 5), Deseret Book Company, ISBN 0875791328.
- Potter, George & Richard Wellington (2004), Lehi in the Wilderness: 81 New Documented Evidences That the Book of Mormon Is a True History, Cedar Fort, Inc., ISBN 1555176410.
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