Friday, August 17, 2012

More Covino Comments Answered-Part XII-A Different Hill Ramah?

According to Peter Covino in his True Book of Mormon Geography website, Mormon did not hide the records in the Hill Cumorah, but in the Hill Ramah--another Hill Ramah. As for this other separate Hill Ramah, Covino claims:

1. Covino: “If you travel south from Lake Ontario (Sea North) along the Genesse Gorge (East Sea), there is one very prominent hill where Ether could have safely watched undetected - Highland Park in Rochester. It is located on the eastern side of the Genesee River. Being on the east side of the East Sea, the hill was not used by troops, but was a perfect place for Ether to hide, observe, and to store records. 

Actually, there are two hills, but only one is prominent--Mt. Cobb. Top: An elevation of two hills next to the Genesee River in the Highland Park area of Rochester; Bottom Left: Cobb Hill, about 1.5 miles east of the River, stands at 632-feet; Bottom Right: Nearby is Mt. Hope, which stands at 628 feet, and is closer to the river, but has less of a view of the surrounding area. Both are along Highland Ave

In an earlier statement (see earlier blog) Covino ridiculed my writing about a Sea South to the south of the Land of Nephi, in which he said: “DowDell effectively shifted the Sea South to south of the Land of Nephi where no body of water is ever referenced - neither directly or indirectly.” Yet, Covino here references a land to the east of the Sea East where no land of any kind is ever referenced in the scriptural record—nor is it even implied!

Evidently, it is wrong for someone to claim something existed in the Land of Promise in an area not directly mentioned (even if suggested by the LOP being an island, thus creating a sea to the South of the Land of Nephi—and also described by Mormon when he wrote that the Land of Nephi and the Land of Zarahemla were nearly surrounded by water except for a narrow neck of land between the Land Southward and the Land Northward). But it is all right for Covino to create a land to the east of the Sea East, a Hill named Ramah there, and for Mormon to have hid all the other records not entrusted to him, and where Moroni found plates to continue his record upon—none of which is in any way implied, suggested, inferred or intimated in the record in any way!

Wow! I guess when you are making up things, you can make them up any way you want to serve your own purposes.

2. Covino: “Contrast that [Hill Ramah] with the Hill Cumorah which was used strategically in the Nephite battle; the Hill Ramah was not used strategically in the Jaredite battle!

There is no suggestion in the scriptural record that the Hill Cumorah was used strategically in the final battle of the Nephites. Mormon was obviously in the valley around the hill where he and his men were overrun by the Lamanite advance. We do not know where Moroni was, but it is likely he, too, was in the valley, for his 10,000 soldiers were all killed there. And the same is true with the other 21 leaders of their companies of 10,000 each. It would appear that Mormon, Moroni, and the other 22 survivors of the battle escaped onto the high ground of the Hill Cumorah after the battle to spend the night, and in the morning looked out around them at the total destruction of the Nephite nation.  Whether the final battle that saw Mormon and 22 of the survivors of the first day’s battle was fought atop the Hill Cumorah, or whether Mormon and the others went down into the valley below to make their last stand is not recorded. Either way, though, there is no suggestion that the hill was used in any strategic manner.

As the scriptural record tells us: Mormon gathered all his people to the Land of Cumorah (Mormon 6:6). His people, while in the Land of Cumorah, trembled as the Lamanites marched toward them (Mormon 6:7). The battle commenced in the Land of Cumorah (Mormon 6:8-9). Mormon’s company of 10,000 warriors were all killed, and Mormon, wounded, was passed over (Mormon 6:10) as the Lamanites continued with their slaughter of the Nephites (Mormon 10-11). Mormon, Moroni, and twenty-two other Nephites retreated to “the top of the hill Cumorah” where they observed the 230,000 Nephite dead (Mormon 6:11-15). No more is mentioned about this last battle in which all the Nephihtes but Moroni were killed (Mormon 8:1-3). Since all the Captains fell with their men (Mormon 6:13:15), it cannot be said that any Nephite leaders were using the hill for strategic purposes.

3. Covino: “It [Hill Ramah] was also the place where Mormon stored records, and the place where Moroni later found additional plates to write on.”

As has been said several times (see the last post), Mormon hid the records entrusted to him in the Hill Cumorah (Mormon 6:6), which was called Ramah by the Jaredites (Ether 15:11). As for Moroni later finding additional plates to write upon in this other Hill Ramah, that is strictly Covino’s over-active imagination.

4. Covino: “Therefore, the final Jaredite battle occurred around Rochester [Hill Ramah] not Palmyra [Hill Cumorah].”

Again, this is all Covino’s imagination. There is simply nothing in the scriptural record to validate or even support in the minutes manner, his concepts outlined here and elsewhere in this blog.

(See the next post, “Direct Criticisms Answered-Part XIV,” for more errors in his thinking, judgment and understanding of the scriptural record)

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