Book of Mormon/Geography/Models/Limited/Hauck 1988

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Model Name Date Proposed Scope Narrow Neck Land North Land South Cumorah River Sidon Nephi's Landing Religion Type of model
Hauck 1988 1988 LGT Other Unclear Southern Guatemala Southern Veracruz Other Central America LDS External edit

Hauck proposed refinements to Sorenson's model,[1] but one reviewer considered his alterations too radical to be mere refinements, and on the ten essential points discussed here found it vastly inferior to Sorenson's model.[2]

Real world suggested correlates in this model:

  • Narrow neck of land - no isthmus connection, but considers it a "narrow corridor"
  • River Sidon - Usamacinta River
  • Hill Ramah/Cumorah -  [needs work]

A major criticism of Hauck's model involves the requirement of two areas named Bountiful in the new world.[3] Given the problems outlined in reviews, this model has not gained much traction among LDS scholars, though it served as a spur for further work.

Notes

  1. F. Richard Hauck, Deciphering the Geography of the Book of Mormon (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1988).
  2. John E. Clark, "A Key for Evaluating Nephite Geographies (Review of Deciphering the Geography of the Book of Mormon by F. Richard Hauck)," FARMS Review of Books 1/1 (1989): 20–70. off-site
  3. William J. Hamblin, "A Stumble Forward? (Review of Deciphering the Geography of the Book of Mormon by F. Richard Hauck)," FARMS Review of Books 1/1 (1989): 71–77. off-site; see also a short review at Mark V. Withers, "Deciphering the Geography of the Book of Mormon (Review of Deciphering the Geography of the Book of Mormon by F. Richard Hauck)," FARMS Review of Books 1/1 (1989): 78–79. off-site