600 B.C. The mighty city of Jerusalem has forsaken God. It stands on the verge of awful destruction. False prophets abound. Evil runs rampant. Wicked King Jehoiakim has just fallen, followed by Jehoiachin. On the throne now sits Zedekiah, a young man too weak to stand against the Sarim, the elders of Jerusalem who are trampling the God of Israel beneath their feet.
From this turmoil, God calls the goldsmith, Lehi, to the life of a prophet. Lehi is commanded to cry repentance to the city. His attempts are in vain. His death sentence is issued, and weak King Zedekiah cannot save him. Lehi, along with his family, is commanded to flee Jerusalem with only what he can carry on the backs of his camels into the vast wilderness south and east of the city.
And so commences the most important odyssey since Moses led the Israelites out of captivity.
Kirby Jonas has taken the Book of Mormon and used its factual story as a backdrop for a saga that consists of a skillful weaving of intricate research into the ways of the Jewish people who lived 600 years before Christ, the Rub al Khali Desert, or Empty Quarter, of Arabia, the greatest sand desert in the world, and the conditions that led Lehi and his people to flee to the dubious safety of regions largely unknown. Skillful dialog with just enough period flavor, vivid descriptions of people and places, and fast moving, dynamic events, make the use of the mostly true characters of this first volume in the Lehi’s Dream series work like no other series of the Book of Mormon has ever accomplished. Rather than base his story on fictional characters, Jonas has taken the real people, followed them through the real places and times they traveled, and only where necessary filled in the unknown with fictional people and events.
For anyone who wants to understand the Book of Mormon better while following Lehi, his son Nephi, and their people on the most important journey of their time, this book and the volumes that follow will forever be considered classics.