Date: June 19, 2017 09:42AM
"The Bar'an temple in Marib (70 miles (110 km) east of San'a in Yemen) was excavated by a German archaeological team led by Burkhard Vogt. Before excavation began, all that was visible at the Bar'an site were six columns projecting above the sand. The temple structure and many of the altars were found to be well preserved by the sand and desert climate (Aston 2001). One of the artifacts discovered at this location was an inscribed altar which has been dated to the seventh or sixth centuries BC. According to the inscription, the altar was donated to the temple by "Bi‘athtar, son of Sawad, son of Naw‘an, the Nihmite" (Brown 1999). The first altar discovered was removed from the Bar'an site and placed in a traveling exhibit which began touring Europe in October 1997. Since that time, two additional altars bearing the same inscription mentioning NHM have been identified at the same temple site (Aston 2001).
Each of the altars is constructed of solid limestone. All three contain a dedication inscription, which is carved around all four sides of the altars in the South Arabian script of that period, and each bears the name of their donor: Bi'athar (Aston 2001). The first altar was dated to between the seventh and sixth centuries B.C by French researcher Christian Robin (Robin 1997, p. 144). Since Naw'um of the tribe of Nihm was the grandfather of Bi'athar, it is estimated that the Nihm tribal name must be at least two generations older than the altars themselves (Aston 2001)."
The carved limestone altars date to around the supposed time of "Lehi." The BoM says nothing about the wandering Lehi family taking the time to carve limestone altars and place them in existing temple complexes.
There's a known tribe in the region -- the Nihmites. The existence of this tribal group in the region dates from at least 200 years before Lehi's supposed group used the name "Nahom" in 600BCE. The existence of that tribal group, the temples, and the altar inscriptions are all consistent and considered well-established, and none of them make any reference to "Nahom," nor to Lehi or his group, nor to any BoM events.
Finally, the BoM story around "Nahom" goes:
"And it came to pass that Ishmael died, and was buried in the place which was called Nahom.
And it came to pass that the daughters of Ishmael did mourn exceedingly, because of the loss of their father, and because of their afflictions in the wilderness; and they did murmur against my father, because he had brought them out of the land of Jerusalem, saying: Our father is dead; yea, and we have wandered much in the wilderness, and we have suffered much affliction, hunger, thirst, and fatigue; and after all these sufferings we must perish in the wilderness with hunger."
In 600BCE, the area around the temple and altars was populated -- enough for the locals to have built a fairly large temple complex. It wasn't "wilderness." And while the altar inscriptions refer to the Nihmite tribe (using NHM), NOTHING ever found in the area refers to the PLACE ITSELF as "NHM" or Nahom.
Yes, it's BS.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/19/2017 09:42AM by ificouldhietokolob.