From the book: Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidendences Supporting
the Prophet Joseph Smith
By Michael R. Ash
Among the crops cultivated by the Nephites beginning in the second century BC we have not only barley but also sheum –for which critics claimed there was no translation. However, within the last forty years, we have learned the the most important cereal grain among the Akkadians of Mesopotamia was called she’um. It is certainly possible that the Jaredites –who originally lived in Mesopotamia may have given the name sheum to some new cultivated plant they encountered in the New World. Their descendants would have continued to use this name and passed it on to future generations.
Michael R. Ash is the author of: Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting The Prophet Joseph Smith. He is the owner and operator of MormonFortress.com and is on the management team for FairMormon. He has been published in Sunstone, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, the Maxwell Institute’s FARMS Review, and is the author of Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One’s Testimony in the Face of Criticism and Doubt. He and his wife live in Ogden, Utah, and have three daughters.
Julianne Dehlin Hatton is a broadcast journalist living in Louisville, Kentucky. She has worked as a News Director at an NPR affiliate, Radio and Television Host, and Airborne Traffic Reporter. She graduated with an MSSc from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 2008. Julianne and her husband Thomas are the parents of four children.
Music for Faith and Reason is provided by Arthur Hatton.