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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).[1] (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.[2]

Several LDS researchers believe that they have determined a plausible location for Shazer.[3] One of these locations is the oasis of al-Muwaylih near the shore of the Red Sea. [4]

Trail

Lehi Trail

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."[5] A ruined city called "Shisur" and a permanent spring exist 90 miles northwest of Salalah in Oman on the route of the frankincence trail.[6]

Some LDS scholars claim that they found Shazer. The name of this location is today wadi Sharma.[7]

Notes

  1. "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."
  2. Givens 2002, p. 120
  3. Potter & Wellington 2004
  4. Hilton & Hilton 1996, p. 33
  5. Nibley 1988, p. 78—79
  6. 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. 
  7. Nephi Project Research Discoveries

References


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