322.) 6:10 .) Nebuchadnezzar sent his armies against Jerusalem again. What a joy it is for us to realize that as we teach gospel truths to the indigenous people in the areas of Book of Mormon heritage that we are offering gospel truths not only to the descendants of Lehi—but also to those of the colony of Mulek. Limhi sends forty-three explorers to find Zarahemla; instead, they find the destroyed Jaredite civilization and return with the twenty-four gold plates of Ether. Mulek is a nickname derived from melek (Hebrew, king), a diminutive term of endearment meaning "little king." The word Mulekite, after Mulek, is commonly used to refer to his group. When Mosiah was commanded by the Lord to leave the land of Nephi he and his group traveled in the wilderness, being led by the Lord, until they found the land of Zarahema. Mulekites. Mormon is interested in pointing out the principles that will be of most use to such people, ... and this was one of the criteria by which they distinguished themselves from the more numerous Mulekites (Omni 1:14-19). (See Omni 1:14–21.) It was very well written. When they had been gathered (verse 5) he had the records of Zeniff’s people read to those who had gathered. And they departed out of the land into the wilderness, as many as would hearken unto the voice of the Lord; and they were led by many preachings and prophesyings. The Lord has not fully revealed his purpose in leading this remnant, including a surviving heir to David’s throne, out of Jerusalem to be reunited with another chosen remnant, the Nephites. The original settlement was founded by Mulekites. They found Coriantumr. Amaleki referred to them as the “people of Zarahemla,” after their leader Zarahemla. Robert F. Smith suggested that the Mulekites got to America with Phoenician help. 6:10.) There they flourished until they were discovered by the Lamanites and wicked priests of King Noah. (See Omni 1:14–21.) Mulekites join with the Nephites and both peoples are known as Nephites. So no. One son of Zedekiah named Mulek avoided being killed, and came to America and became king of the Mulekites. (Omni 1:14–15.) And they were admonished continually by the word of God; and they were led by the power of his arm, through the wilderness, until they came down into the land which is called the land of Zarahemla.” (Omni 1:12–13; italics added. Nephi, a prophet who lived just prior to the time Christ visited the American continent, underscored the prominence of the Mulekites by asking a simple question, yet one with profound meaning for our day as we reestablish the Church among the children of Lehi: “Yea, and do ye not behold that the seed of Zedekiah are with us?” (Hel. By about 225 B.C. Our Book of Mormon overview continues by looking at what DNA tells us about Native Americans, and how that impacts the Book of Mormon's claims of being a literal, historical record of the descendents of the Native Americans. Zedekiah, the brother of Jehoiakim and the grandson of righteous King Josiah, was only twenty-one years old when he began his reign. 200 BC. These additions not only added strength to the Church in Zarahemla, but the circumstances of their journeying to Zarahemla may provide us with some information concerning the approximate distances between the Lamanite-Nephite, the Mulekite, and the Jaredite civilizations. Part of their rejoicing was because “the Lord had sent the people of Mosiah with the plates of brass which contained the record of the Jews.” (Omni 1:14.). ), Ammon and his companions then learned of another expedition of forty-three men sent by King Limhi that had just returned not many days before from a search for Zarahemla. Mosiah 1. When Zedekiah saw them coming, he and his men of war fled out of the gate by the king’s garden and headed toward Jericho. 120 - 100 BC. The scriptural account of the uniting of Mosiah’s group with the Mulekites, referred to as the people of Zarahemla, explicitly shows that their meeting was no coincidence. 586 BC and Mosiah I did not lead a group of Nephites from the city of Nephi to the lesser land of Zarahemla until ca. This meeting had been prophesied of and divinely arranged. It had been almost four centuries since the Mulekites had left Jerusalem until the people of Mosiah discovered them. ), During the reign of Jehoahaz, Pharaoh-nechoh came from Egypt and dethroned Jehoahaz and placed Jehoiakim (also known as Eliakim) on the throne. and came to the Americas. Until the Book of Mormon was published in 1830, history had remained silent about any surviving son of the last of the twenty-one kings of Judah. Located on the northern portion of the land Southward. “And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” (2 Kgs. (See Omni 1:20–21.) Once reaching the continental shelf, the northern edge of that current is turned northward and becomes the Humboldt, or Peruvian, Current. The Nephites sailed over in 600 BCE, the people of Zarahemla (aka the Mulekites) did likewise in 586 BCE, as did Corantumr's people (aka the Jaredites) at the time of the Tower of Babel. Jehoiakim was left in power, but after three years he rebelled and was killed. The journey takes forty days. The Mulekites outnumbered the Nephites. He began by causing that the people of Zarahemla be taught in his language, undoubtedly so they could be taught the word of God from the records. His seed continued as kings until the time of Zarahemla about 120 B.C., when the Mulekites merged with the Nephites whose kings descended from Joseph through Lehi (Helaman 6:10, 8:21; Mosiah 25:2; Omni 1:19; Alma 10:3). The respected Nigerian Author and Professor Onwukwe Alaezi, M.A.Ed., in his book "IBOS: Hebrew Exiles from Israel - Amazing Facts & Revelations" on pg. He then left Mattaniah, renamed Zedekiah, in charge and returned to Babylon. Mulek plays a minor but important role in the Book of Mormon. This remarkable conversion came largely to a people who only a few generations earlier were a spiritually darkened, atheistic society. Zarahemla, capital city west of the river Sidon which ran through the land of Zarahemla. (See F. J. Foakes and D. D. Jackson, The Biblical History of the Jews, Cambridge: W. Heffe and Son L.T.D., 1917, p. From the stone, Mosiah learned of a man named Coriantumr and how his people, the Jaredites, were slain. You may know our friend Boyd Tuttle has spent some time on the replica Phoenicia ship guided by British Sailor Philip Beale as they sail from ancient Carthage toward Florida. The story of the Mulekites began in the days of Lehi and Jeremiah, prophets in Jerusalem at the time of the fall of the kingdom of Judah. (See Mosiah 8:7–9.) The two go together. And to follow that same thought, if Ether gave Coriantumr the U&T to give to the Mulekites, why didn't he give them the records as well? the Nephites had become wicked, so Mosiah 1 led a group of righteous Nephites to Zarahemla and After the people of Limhi emigrated to Zarahemla and joined the church established there, Mosiah translated these plates through the use of “interpreters,” or seer stones, divinely preserved and empowered for just such a purpose. 2-Did you know t here is only "One Narrow Neck of Land”, but a total of 3 Unique Necks in the Book of Mormon? The army pursued them and captured them at the plains of Jericho. The Mulekites removed all doubt concerning the truthfulness of Lehi’s prophecies (see Hel 8:21) and confirmed the truth of the Book of Mormon. The tragic events leading up to the overthrow of King Zedekiah and the destruction of Jerusalem were foretold by many prophets. (See Mosiah 2:1–4.) But Zedekiah was a weak leader, constantly influenced by anti-Babylonian factions in Jerusalem. When taught the Nephite language, the Mulekites recounted their descent from Mulek, which was then recorded. ), While abridging the Book of Ether, Mormon mentioned that the Jaredites were even north of the Mulekites: “And it came to pass that their flocks began to flee before the poisonous serpents, towards the land southward, which was called by the Nephites Zarahemla.” (Ether 9:31.) ), “And it came to pass that the people of Zarahemla, and of Mosiah, did unite together; and Mosiah was appointed to be their king.” (Omni 1:19. 21:3–6.) This current flows northward along the western coast of South America until it reaches the 30º South Latitude where the winds and current come to nearly a standstill in what is called the Tropic of Capricorn. This event took place about 200-180 BC. 2 We read in the Bible that early on, the Kings of Israel had political and friendship ties with the Kings of Sidon (Tsydon) and Tyre. Zeniff and followers return to Lehi-Nephi. These nationalistic leaders seemed to have made only a superficial covenant with Nebuchadnezzar, for in 593 B.C., shortly after the Babylonian armies had departed, ambassadors from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Tyre, and Sidon came to Jerusalem to plan a rebellion against Babylon. Without this brief record we would know little concerning the conversion of the Mulekites from an atheistic people into some of the most faithful Saints in the entire Book of Mormon. Based on King Zedekiah’s age at the time Jerusalem was destroyed and knowing that Mulek was his youngest son and only child to survive, we can assume Mulek was a fairly young child if not a baby. They were discovered by Mosiah (Omni 1:14) several centuries after their arrival. Apparently, these men had traveled northward, but missed the land of Zarahemla. Prior to Alma’s arrival in Zarahemla, the Nephite people in Zarahemla wearied Mosiah with requests to send an expedition to find out what became of the people of Zeniff, for they had heard nothing from them. We believe the voyage of Mulek followed this route and the Phoenicians brought the People of Zarahemla or the Mulekites to this land. The Mulekites were initially introduced to the gospel under King Mosiah and then continued to be taught under his son, King Benjamin. The connection of the Cherokee and the Phoenician is amazing information. (See Jer. This indicates that their language was being mixed with another language or languages from outside groups (Omni 1:17). One of the main points was the incongruity of the Book of Mormon's more negative profile of King David Most LDS scholars, however, incorporating the tools of scholarship, science, and a closer reading of the Book of Mormon, suggest that the Book of Mormon peoples occupied a small area of Mesoamerica Before his death, King Benjamin sent a proclamation “throughout all this land among all this people, or the people of Zarahemla, and the people of Mosiah who dwell in the land” to be gathered together for him to speak to them. Nebuchadnezzar was not a brutal conqueror and was willing to give Jerusalem every opportunity to prove their loyalty to his empire. 216.) Even as early as 125 years before the captivity of Judah, the prophet Isaiah warned King Hezekiah: “Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord. In fact, it indicates that it was only the righteous who went with Mosiah to the land of Zarahemla. The Book of Mormon gives us some general proximities of the Mulekite, the Nephite-Lamanite, and the Jaredite civilizations (see figure 1): “Now the land south was called Lehi, and the land north was called Mulek.” (Hel. The Mulekites told them that Coriantumr had died some nine months after he had come to live with them. (See Mosiah 23:3, 19.) the Nephites had become wicked, so Mosiah 1 led a group of righteous Nephites to Zarahemla and merged with the Mulekites. It's not like Coriantumr had any need for gold, being alone. Perhaps one of the most well-known stories in the Book of Mormon is that of the people of King Benjamin. The Mulekites were elated to have access to Nephite records, since their own language and traditions had been distorted in the absence of historical documents. The Nephites taught the Mulekites their language and united to become one people, appointing Mosiah to be their king. 20:17–18. William Whiston, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel Publications, 1974, p. It was about LDS Scholarship's claims on the historicity of the Book of Mormon. Recently an academic paper from an Evangelical Christian was brought to my attention. The Mulekites were initially introduced to the gospel under King Mosiah and then continued to be taught under his son, King Benjamin. Around A.D. 400, the last Nephite survivor, Moroni 2, abridged the record of Ether and appended his summary to the account of the Nephites that had been prepared by his father, Mormon. In any case, he was not a king or a ruler who would have had followers to carry him away in secret. Amaleki says: “Behold, I will speak unto you somewhat concerning Mosiah, who was made king over the land of Zarahemla; for behold, he being warned of the Lord that he should flee out of the land of Nephi, and as many as would hearken unto the voice of the Lord should also depart out of the land with him, into the wilderness—, “And it came to pass that he did according as the Lord had commanded him. In the Book of Helaman, Nephi, son of Helaman, referred to them as “the seed of Zedekiah.” (Hel. Mulek, a son of King Zedekiah, led a group from Jerusalem in about 587 B.C. The Nephite prophet King Mosiah I was able to translate a large stone with engravings that gave an account of … 6- What is the best source to find Scriptural Evidence that the BofM happened in North America? (Mosiah 1:10; italics added.). Before his death, King Benjamin sent a proclamation “throughout all this land among all this people, or the people of Zarahemla, and the people of Mosiah who dwell in the land” to be gathered together for him to speak to them. (See Alma 5:1; Alma 6:1; Alma 27:20.) The Lord has not fully revealed his purpose in leading this remnant, including a surviving heir to David’s throne, out of Jerusalem to be reunited with another chosen remnant, the Nephites. Its longer form occurs in the Bible as Malkiyahu (in English, Malchiah), meaning "Jehovah is king." Why did the Mulekites desire to be taught the language of the Nephites and have them rule? Perhaps the most infamous was King Mannaseh, who built altars for Baal or other heathen deities—some even in the temple—and “made his son to pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards.” (See 2 Kgs. Alma baptizes Limhi and all his people. Zedekiah listened to these ill-informed friends and attempted to rebel against Babylon in 588 B.C. Then, being warned of the Lord, they “fled eight days’ journey into the wilderness” and established the community called Helam. Mosiah commissioned sixteen men, led by a Mulekite named Ammon, to go up to the land of Lehi-Nephi to inquire concerning their brethren. Much of the prior Mulekite history was lost because of their lack of records. Mosiah leads righteous Saints to Zarahemla. Or perhaps there were few records available to take. ), At first, one might ask, Why didn’t the Mulekites bring records, as the Nephites did? They called themselves Nephites. The Book of Mormon tells of three relatively small parties (the Jaredites, Lehites, and Mulekites) that left their native homeland in the Old World at different times and through divine guidance traveled to a new promised land, on the American continent. Although they were more populous than the Nephites-by-descent, only a handful of statements in the scripture give explicit information about them. Coriantumr was discovered by earlier ancestors of Zarahemla - earlier Mulekites. ), During Mosiah’s reign, an interesting event occurred: a “large stone” was brought to Mosiah with engravings upon it, and he was able to interpret the writing by the power of God. The Nephites later encountered the Mulekites and taught them the Nephite language. This would make the journey from the land of Nephi to the land of the Mulekites a total of twenty days. To substantiate this, theorists claim they, particularly the Mulekites, were brought by the Phoenicians--who had operated successfully in the Mediterranean, establishing a number of colonies along the northern coast of Africa, the most famous being Carthage an 814 BC colony of Tyre, situated on a hilly promontory overlooking the Mediterranean, on the eastern side of the Lake of Tunis in what is now … When they had gathered together near the temple built in Zarahemla, the Nephites and Mulekites offered burnt sacrifices according to the law of Moses and gave thanks to the Lord for bringing them out of the land of Jerusalem and appointing just men to teach them to keep the commandments of God. (See Ether 13:20–21.). (See Ensign, Jan. 1987, p. Well, Israel, of course, silly! From the Book of Mormon, we learn the following about a group of people whom we have come to call Mulekites: 1. In fact, Zarahemla, the city founded by the Mulekites, became to the Nephites what Salt Lake City is to Latter-day Saints today. 22. Just prior to his death, Amaleki completed the Book of Omni by briefly recording the account of King Mosiah’s discovery of the people of Zarahemla—the Mulekites. 1 Hugh Nibley did also, noting that there are names in the Book of Mormon that may have Phoenician ties. 586 BC and Mosiah I did not lead a group of Nephites from the city of Nephi to the lesser land of Zarahemla until ca. The "Mulekites" John L. Sorenson Follow this and additional works at:https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq ... constructing a ship of their own as nephi did or the hand ofthe ... there remains a slight possibility that they could have come via the pacific since neither a route nor a coastal landing point is The people of Zarahemla are thus often referred to as Mulekites. However, the limited account of their escape from Jerusalem and journey to the promised land clearly shows that it followed a divine plan. So, any name La Venta carried in Book of Mormon times is much more likely to have been Jaredite or Mulekite than Nephite. Even less is known about their history or their journey to America. 6:10) and would later join with the Nephites, who discovered the Mulekites. Last of all, Zedekiah’s eyes were put out and he was bound and taken to Babylon. Alma, in describing the city Bountiful, wrote that Bountiful was “so far northward that it came into the land which had been peopled and been destroyed … , which was discovered by the people of Zarahemla the Mulekites, it being the place of their first landing.” (Alma 22:30. Well, Israel, of course, silly! When the Nephites were commanded to leave their historic homeland of Lehi-Nephi to flee from the Lamanites, the exiled remnants discovered the city of Zarahemla, to their north. The generals then took them up to Riblah, Nebuchadnezzar’s headquarters. (See Omni 1:18; see also Mosiah 1:3–7. All the indigenous people in the Western Hemisphere came from Israel at one time or another. Amaleki continues: “And they journeyed in the wilderness, and were brought by the hand of the Lord across the great waters, into the land where Mosiah discovered them; and they had dwelt there from that time forth.” (Omni 1:16; italics added.) During the nineteen-month siege, Jeremiah went to Zedekiah with a promise from the Lord: “If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the king of Babylon’s princes, then … this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou shalt live, and thine house: “But if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon’s princes, then shall this city be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand.” (Jer. Mosiah 1. Nevertheless, they had had many wars and serious contentions, and had fallen by the sword from time to time; and their language had become corrupted; and they had brought no records with them; and they denied the being of their Creator; and Mosiah, nor the people of Mosiah, could understand them.” (Omni 1:17. His people's arrival in the New World is one of three recorded migrations from the Old World. Link to post. ), Seeing the condition they were in, Mosiah set out to rectify the situation. It may explain the tradition of secret combinations among the Mulekites, as … 21:16. The journey takes “many days.”. The Mulekites arrived in the New World ca. Not knowing the route to take, the sixteen men, led by Ammon, wandered forty days until they arrived at the Land of Nephi. They received Mosiah with open arms because the Lord had sent him to them with the brass plates that contained a record of the Jews, whereas the Mulekites had brought no records with them. This tradition implies that most Native Americans are descendants of these Book of Mormon peoples. All the indigenous people in the Western Hemisphere came from Israel at one time or another. Perhaps under the circumstances of their escape there was no time to gather them—to return to the city would have meant death at the hands of the Babylonian army. survivors and the Mulekites. So, any name La Venta carried in Book of Mormon times is much more likely to have been Jaredite or Mulekite than Nephite. Rather, various authors use three different appellations to refer to these people. Alma travels eight days to Helam, then twelve days to Zarahemla. 8:21.) How did the Mulekites lose their language? [6] The terms “Nephite” and “Lamanite” were broad enough to include a variety of ethnic and cultural sub-groups. There is a good reason why the Mulekites would have stopped in Iowa, across from Nauvoo. His people, known as the Mulekites in the Book of Mormon, named their land Mulek after the king's son (Hel. The Mulekites lived thenceforth among the Nephites, enjoying separate-but-equal status and ultimately outnumbering the descendants of Nephi (Mosiah 25:1-4, 13). ), With the exception of King Josiah, all of the kings following Hezekiah caused great wickedness in the kingdom of Judah. The Mulekites arrived in the New World ca. They traveled up the Mississippi River to … From these references, we surmise that Mulek and his people landed near the civilization of the Jaredites, settling south of them. Perhaps worst of all, he shed innocent blood until it “filled Jerusalem from one end to another.” (2 Kgs. The Mulekites “At this time,” explained John W. Welch, “the land of Zarahemla had become a very diverse place because of several major demographic changes.”2 First, there had been the merger of the Nephites and the Mulekites two generations earlier (Omni 1:12–19). 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