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Pearl of Great Price PN 1. OLISHEM plain of, in Egyptian controlled area of NW Syria (BofAbraham 1:10)

Akkadian place-name, Ulisum, Ulishim, in inscriptions of kings Rim Sin and Naram Sin (ca. 2250-2150 B.C.),[1] perhaps the same (suggested by John Gee) as the Egyptian Execration Texts’ ЗwšЗmm, which has usually been taken to represent Urušalimum (Jerusalem).[2]


  1. J. M. Lundquist, "Was Abraham at Ebla?" in R. L. Millet & K. P. Jackson, eds., Studies in Scripture, 7 vols. (SLC: Randall, 1985), II:233-235; P. Y. Hoskisson, “Where Was Ur of the Chaldees?” in H. D. Peterson & C. D. Tate, eds., Pearl of Great Price: Revelations From God (BYU Religious Studies Center, 1989), p. 136, n. 44; John Gee, Review of Books on the Book of Mormon, IV (1992), 115, n. 64; Daniel Peterson, Ensign 24/1 (Jan 1994):17-18, citing I. J. Gelb & B. Kienast, Die altakkadischen Königs-inschriften des dritten Jahrtausends v. Christentums (Stuttgart: F. Steiner, 1990), 255-256; cf. “Inscription of Naram-Sin, the Campaign Against Armanu and Ebla,” in William W. Hallo and K. Lawson Younger Jr., eds., The Context of Scripture, vol. 2, Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World (Boston: Brill, 2003), 245 (the line reads, “From the Bank of the Euphrates until Ulisum”). See also Gee, “Abracadabra, Isaac and Jacob,” 26–27; C. Wood in Ritner, The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri (SLC: Smith-Pettit Fdn/Signature Books, 2011), 74, U2-li-śi-imki, “roughly in the area of Ebla, west of the Euphrates and far west of Haran.”
  2. Execration Texts E27-28.