Flawed Vernal Holley Map

The following two maps show Book of Mormon geography compared to Joseph Smith’s geography.

BOOK OF MORMON GEOGRAPHY

JOSEPH SMITH'S GEOGRAPHY
(Northeast United States & Southeast Canada)

The first map is the “proposed map,” constructed from internal comparisons in the Book of Mormon.

Throughout the Book of Mormon we read of such features as “The Narrow Neck of Land” which was a day and a half’s journey (roughly 30 miles) separating two great seas. We also read about the Hill Onidah and the Hill Ramah – all place names in the land of Joseph Smith’s youth.


CES Letter, Page 13

Apparently the author of The CES Letter simply borrowed ideas from Vernal Holley, Book of Mormon Authorship: A Closer Look. Ogden, UT: Zenos Publications 1983. Concerning the two maps in The CES Letter:

Holley's theories are only one of many and have been discredited due to their many inconsistencies with the Book of Mormon descriptions.

Multiple errors in the the maps printed in The CES Letter can be identified.

They place Jacobugath, site of "King Jacob's" dissenters far in the land southward, when the Book of Mormon has it far in the land northward (3 Nephi 7:9-12; see also 3 Nephi 9:9).

They place the land of first inheritance [land of Lehi-Nephi] on the eastern coast of the United States, while the Book of Mormon is clear that Lehi and his group landed on the western coast.

The City of Morianton should be by the eastern seashore, near the city of Lehi (Alma 50:25); Holley places it near the "sea west," not the sea east.

"Ramah" is the Jaredite name for the Hill Cumorah (Ether 15:11). Yet, The CES Letter places it in Ontario, not anywhere near New York and the hill where Joseph retrieved the plates.

"Kishkumen" is mentioned only in 3 Nephi 9:10; there is not enough information to place it on a map. Yet, it is included based on the correlation which the author of The CES Letter wishes to prove.

"Shurr" is a Jaredite name mentioned in only one place (Ether 14:28). Shurr should be near the eastern seashore (Ether 14:26), but it is nowhere near the map's "sea east."

For a more detailed analysis of the problems with the maps in The CES Letter, click here.


Additional Resources:

Indians of the Great Lakes region and The Book of Mormon

Joseph Smith and Book of Mormon Geography

Joseph Smith and Book of Mormon geography

Joseph Smiths Book of Mormon geography

Basic Methodological Problems with the Anti-Mormon Approach to the Geography and Archaeology of the Book of Mormon –  by William J. Hamblin

Fair Issues 78: What is the correct Book of Mormon geography?, Miachael R. Ash

Fair Issues 77: What is the correct geography for the Book of Mormon?, Michael R. Ash

Book of Mormon Geography (PDF) (2008 FAIR Conference) by Larry Poulsen

Heartland as Hinterland: The Mesoamerican Core and North American Periphery of Book of Mormon Geography (2013 FAIR Conference) by Mark Alan Wright

A Key for Evaluating Nephite Geographies –   by John E. Clark

Book of Mormon 10 No Confirmed Locations by Michael Ash

Book of Mormon cities match Maya cities

Book of Mormon Geography

Book of Mormon Geography

Book of Mormon Geography, Old World

Geography of The Book of Mormon: the river Sidon

Archaeology and the Book of Mormon (PDF) by Michael Ash

Arabia and The Book of Mormon by Cooper Johnson

Arabia and the Book of Mormon (2001 FAIR Conference) by S. Kent Brown

Archaeological Evidence and the Book of Mormon by Michael Ash

FAIR Issues 20: Book of Mormon geography may be smaller than you think, Michael R. Ash

FAIR Issues 40: Two points about Book of Mormon geography, Michael R. Ash

Fair Issues 79: A consistent Book of Mormon map, Michael R. Ash

Articles of Faith 11: Neal Rappleye – “War of Words and Tumult of Opinions”: The Battle for Joseph Smith’s Words in Book of Mormon Geography, Neal Rappleye

Heartland as Hinterland: The Mesoamerican Core and North American Periphery of Book of Mormon GeographyMark Alan Wright

“War of Words and Tumult of Opinions”: The Battle for Joseph Smith’s Words in Book of Mormon Geography,Neal Rappleye

Deciphering the Geography of the Book of Mormon –  by Mark V. Withers

Interpreting Book of Mormon Geography –  by Randall P. Spackman

Joseph Smith, Revelation, and Book of Mormon Geography –  by Matthew Roper

Book of Mormon Geography in the Old World

Book of Mormon Geography in the New World

The Book of Mormon in a New World Setting by Brant Gardner

Journey of Faith: Book of Mormon Documentary

Journey of Faith: The New World video

Summary of Book of Mormon evidence and Geography by Steve Carr

Truth about Joseph Smith’s Beliefs on Geography of The Book of Mormon

LDS Temple dedicatory prayers and Book of Mormon geography

Ancient Mayan city Lamanai and The Book of Mormon

BOM Geography debate — 3 Unique Characteristics with Jerry Ainsworth

Book of Mormon 10 No Confirmed Locations by Michael Ash

Book of Mormon cities match Maya cities

Book of Mormon Geography

Book of Mormon Geography

Book of Mormon Geography, Old World

Geography of The Book of Mormon: the river Sidon

Heartland as Hinterland: Mesoamerican Core and North American Periphery of Book of Mormon Geography

In Search of Ancient Cumorah Segment 1

In Search of Ancient Cumorah segment 2

In Search of Ancient Cumorah segment 3

Indians of the Great Lakes region and The Book of Mormon

Joseph Smith and Book of Mormon Geography

Joseph Smith and Book of Mormon geography

Joseph Smiths Book of Mormon geography

Archaeology and the Book of Mormon (PDF) by Michael Ash

Arabia and The Book of Mormon by Cooper Johnson

Arabia and the Book of Mormon (2001 FAIR Conference) by S. Kent Brown

Archaeological Evidence and the Book of Mormon by Michael Ash

FAIR Issues 20: Book of Mormon geography may be smaller than you think, Michael R. Ash

FAIR Issues 40: Two points about Book of Mormon geography, Michael R. Ash

Fair Issues 79: A consistent Book of Mormon map, Michael R. Ash

Fair Issues 78: What is the correct Book of Mormon geography?, Miachael R. Ash

Fair Issues 77: What is the correct geography for the Book of Mormon?, Michael R. Ash

Book of Mormon Geography (PDF) (2008 FAIR Conference) by Larry Poulsen

Heartland as Hinterland: The Mesoamerican Core and North American Periphery of Book of Mormon Geography (2013 FAIR Conference) by Mark Alan Wright

A Key for Evaluating Nephite Geographies –   by John E. Clark

Basic Methodological Problems with the Anti-Mormon Approach to the Geography and Archaeology of the Book of Mormon –  by William J. Hamblin

Articles of Faith 11: Neal Rappleye – “War of Words and Tumult of Opinions”: The Battle for Joseph Smith’s Words in Book of Mormon Geography, Neal Rappleye

Heartland as Hinterland: The Mesoamerican Core and North American Periphery of Book of Mormon GeographyMark Alan Wright

Axes Mundi: Ritual Complexes in Mesoamerica and the Book of MormonMark Alan Wright

“War of Words and Tumult of Opinions”: The Battle for Joseph Smith’s Words in Book of Mormon Geography,Neal Rappleye

Deciphering the Geography of the Book of Mormon –  by Mark V. Withers

Interpreting Book of Mormon Geography –  by Randall P. Spackman

Joseph Smith, Revelation, and Book of Mormon Geography –  by Matthew Roper

Book of Mormon Geography in the Old World

Book of Mormon Geography in the New World

The Book of Mormon in a New World Setting by Brant Gardner

Journey of Faith: Book of Mormon Documentary

Journey of Faith: The New World video

Summary of Book of Mormon evidence and Geography by Steve Carr

Truth about Joseph Smith’s Beliefs on Geography of The Book of Mormon

LDS Temple dedicatory prayers and Book of Mormon geography

Ancient Mayan city Lamanai and The Book of Mormon

BOM Geography debate — 3 Unique Characteristics with Jerry Ainsworth