ing to Salt Lake City, Joseph exitedly shared this information with W. Cleaon Skousen as well as others in the area."
Many of the scholars associated with the site speculated that the Arabic term "Lei" proundounced "lay" is the equivalent of the Hebrew term Lehi. It was also assumed that the term had the same meaning as the Hebrew version meaning "cheek" or "jawbone" instead of "twisting" as noted above. The term Khirbet Beit Lei means "ruin of Beit Lehi" according to their translation. Jeffrey R. Chadwick in his Neal A. Maxwell Institute article entitled "Khirbet Beit Lei and the Book of Mormon: An Arcdhaeologist's Evaluation" has done a pretty thorough job of reviewing not only the archeological findings that have been found but also the names translation and the correlations of the ruin sites with possible locations in the story of Sampson in the Bible and later Lehi and his family in the Book of Mormon and states that the translations in Hebrew and Arabic are completely seperate and thus it would not be the "house of Lehi" but the "house of Lei".
|Byzantine period ancient mosaic|
of their way which was something that more than likely wouldn't have happened in the inital fleeing assuming Lehi's life was in trouble.
|Excavation Site Map|
I really wanted to share this information since I found the original stories and videos that I had seen about the area to be amazing but then I didn't hear much more and it seemed as though progress on linking the site to Lehi had completely dropped off. I still feel there is much historical information to be obtained form the site that can help us come to a better understanding of the scriptures. I will include the link to Jeffrey R. Chadwicks above referenced article as well as links to beit lehi foundation for further research. I will also include a link to the site panorama that was done by the Utah Valley University archaeology department. This panorama view is litterally a vitrual tour of the every tomb and ruin and allows you to see these findings first hand. I wish that every archaeology digging could inlcude a panorama view of their findings as well. So enjoy.
Jeffrey Chadwicks "Khirbet Beit Lei and the Book of Mormon: An Archaeologist's Evaluation
Beit Lehi Foundation
Beit Lehi Panorama virtual tour