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.â (Omni 1:17. ), During Mosiahâs reign, an interesting event occurred: a âlarge stoneâ was brought to Mosiah with engravings upon it, and he was able to interpret the writing by the power of God. During the nineteen-month siege, Jeremiah went to Zedekiah with a promise from the Lord: âIf thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the king of Babylonâs princes, then â¦ this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou shalt live, and thine house: âBut if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylonâs 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.â (Jer. (See Ensign, Jan. 1987, p. Its longer form occurs in the Bible as Malkiyahu (in English, Malchiah), meaning "Jehovah is king." But Zedekiah was a weak leader, constantly influenced by anti-Babylonian factions in Jerusalem. and 130 B.C. 1 Hugh Nibley did also, noting that there are names in the Book of Mormon that may have Phoenician ties.  The people of Mulek established their capital at Zarahemla, north of where Lehi and his people landed. 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elated to have access to Nephite records, since their own language and traditions had been distorted in the absence of historical documents. (Hel. It was about LDS Scholarship's claims on the historicity of the Book of Mormon. From the Book of Mormon, we learn the following about a group of people whom we have come to call Mulekites: 1. 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. Perhaps the most infamous was King Mannaseh, who built altars for Baal or other heathen deitiesâsome even in the templeâand âmade his son to pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards.â (See 2 Kgs. Jehoiachin had reigned only three months when Nebuchadnezzar came up again to Jerusalem, besieged it, and took captives back to Babylon. When they had been gathered (verse 5) he had the records of Zeniff’s people read to those who had gathered. (See Mosiah 28:11â17. 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. ), Almost like two old acquaintances meeting after a long separation, the people of Mosiah and the people of Zarahemla ârejoiced exceedinglyâ to see each other. 200 BC. 21:16. All the indigenous people in the Western Hemisphere came from Israel at one time or another. 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.â (Omni 1:12â13; italics added. 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). https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mulek&oldid=996009269, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 24 December 2020, at 01:21. During this time, the language of the Mulekites had so changed that the people of Mosiah could not understand them. (See Mosiah 24.) The Nephites taught the Mulekites their language and united to become one people, appointing Mosiah to be their king. Mosiah leads righteous Saints to Zarahemla. In the words of Josephus, âAfter this manner â¦ the kings of Davidâs race ended their lives, being in number twenty-one, until the last king.â (Josephus, trans. 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? From the stone, Mosiah learned of a man named Coriantumr and how his people, the Jaredites, were slain. They were also involved in the fulfillment of a third series of prophecies, which will be mentioned later. ), At first, one might ask, Why didnât the Mulekites bring records, as the Nephites did? There Zedekiahâs sons and the nobles of Judah were slain before his eyes. Although they were more populous than the Nephites-by-descent, only a handful of statements in the scripture give explicit information about them. Just prior to his death, Amaleki completed the Book of Omni by briefly recording the account of King Mosiahâs discovery of the people of Zarahemlaâthe Mulekites. 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. Zarahemla, capital city west of the river Sidon which ran through the land of Zarahemla. 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.  Mosiah would have then received the stones among the ritual items featured during the merger of the Mulekites and Nephites. The stone containing the story of Coriantumr and the Jaredites that was discovered by the Mulekites also placed the Jaredite civilization north of Zarahemla. ), While abridging the Book of Ether, Mormon mentioned that the Jaredites were even north of the Mulekites: âAnd 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.â (Ether 9:31.) Last of all, Zedekiahâs eyes were put out and he was bound and taken to Babylon. Located on the northern portion of the land Southward. (See Jer. and came to the Americas. Mulek (/ˈmjuːlɛk/), according to the Book of Mormon, was the only surviving son of Zedekiah, the last King of Judah, after the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem. (Mosiah 1:10; italics added.). Even less is known about their history or their journey to America. The Mulekites And The Phoenician Connection by Douglas K. Christensen Scientists agree that all human beings on the American Continent were originally transplanted from the Eastern Hemisphere. 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. After Alma began teaching and baptizing at the waters of Mormon, he and his followers were discovered by the servants of King Noah. Amaleki wrote more about the Mulekites than any other Book of Mormon author. About 120 BC. 38:17â18.) When Zedekiah saw them coming, he and his men of war fled out of the gate by the kingâs garden and headed toward Jericho. Mosiah 1. (See Mosiah 8:7â9.) the Nephites had become wicked, so Mosiah 1 led a group of righteous Nephites to Zarahemla and merged with the Mulekites. If such were the case, it would explain the use of Jaredite names and words among the Mulekites-something that Hugh Nibley observed in his book Lehi in the Wilderness and the World of the Jaredites. How did the Mulekites lose their language? 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. 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. This is correct as the text indicates the Mulekites language had become corrupted to due a lack of records. One son of Zedekiah named Mulek avoided being killed, and came to America and became king of the Mulekites. Apparently, moral corruption had also attended the alteration of languageâpartly due to the fact that they had taken no scriptural record with them when they left Jerusalem: âAnd at the time that Mosiah discovered them, they had become exceedingly numerous. It had been almost four centuries since the Mulekites had left Jerusalem until the people of Mosiah discovered them. The over-zealous attempt of Zeniff and his followers to reestablish a colony in Nephi-Lehi, the land of their fathers, brought two more groups of righteous Saints to the Mulekitesâone led by Alma and the other by King Limhi. 20:17â18. One of the main points was the incongruity of the Book of Mormon's more negative profile of King David The Mulekites had in their possession a stone that told the story of Coriantumr, a survivor of the Jaredites who had encountered the Mulekites and lived among them until his death. (Omni 1:14â15.) They kept traveling until they arrived at the land of the Jaredites and there found the twenty-four gold plates that Ether had left. The respected Nigerian Author and Professor Onwukwe Alaezi, M.A.Ed., in his book "IBOS: Hebrew Exiles from Israel - Amazing Facts & Revelations" on pg. The Cherokee seem to be well connected to the Phoenicians and the Jewish people. and came to the Americas. Robert F. Smith suggested that the Mulekites got to America with Phoenician help. The Route of the Mulekites We now turn our attention to another group of Jewish refugees who also made their way to America at about the same time as Lehi, the Mulekites. (See Omni 1:14–21.) 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. They traveled up the Mississippi River to … It was very well written. This indicates that their language was being mixed with another language or languages from outside groups (Omni 1:17). From elsewhere, we learn that these “Mulekites,” as we have come to call them, descended from a colony that included or was led by one Mulek, son of Zedekiah, king of Judah, who reigned at the time Lehi left Jerusalem (Mosiah 25:2; Helaman 6:10; 8:21). The generals then took them up to Riblah, Nebuchadnezzarâs headquarters. It may explain the tradition of secret combinations among the Mulekites, as … âAnd 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.â (2 Kgs. 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. The scriptural account of the uniting of Mosiahâs group with the Mulekites, referred to as the people of Zarahemla, explicitly shows that their meeting was no coincidence. 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 Lehiâbut also to those of the colony of Mulek. The "Mulekites" John L. Sorenson Follow this and additional works at:https: ... there remains a slight possibility that they could have come via the pacific since neither a route nor a coastal landing point is specified in the book of mormon but textual indications argue … 6- What is the best source to find Scriptural Evidence that the BofM happened in North America? 1:4.). Hugh Nibley relates the name to his royal origins, and states: He then left Mattaniah, renamed Zedekiah, in charge and returned to Babylon. 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(See Omni 1:20â21.) A serious reader of the Book of Mormon will at some point likely ask himself how much is known about the Mulekites and about the role they played among Book of Mormon civilizations. The tragic events leading up to the overthrow of King Zedekiah and the destruction of Jerusalem were foretold by many prophets. Mulek, a son of King Zedekiah, led a group from Jerusalem in about 587 B.C. The two go together. , The Nephites settled among the Mulekites. The Mulekites lived thenceforth among the Nephites, enjoying separate-but-equal status and ultimately outnumbering the descendants of Nephi (Mosiah 25:1-4, 13). Alma, in describing the city Bountiful, wrote that Bountiful was âso far northward that it came into the land which had been peopled and been destroyedÂ â¦Â , which was discovered by the people of Zarahemla the Mulekites, it being the place of their first landing.â (Alma 22:30. , In the text of the Book of Mormon, the Mulekites are referred to as the "people of Zarahemla. There they dwelt until a group of righteous Saints led by Mosiah traveled northward and, upon discovering them, joined their society. It is the first place up the Mississippi river from the Gulf Coast that, historically, was impassable for large ships, due to the Des Moines rapids located just south of there. Amaleki writes that Mulek, the son of Zedekiah and heir to the throne of David, came âout from Jerusalem at the time that Zedekiah, king of Judah, was carried away captive into Babylon.â (Omni 1:15.) 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). ), Seeing the condition they were in, Mosiah set out to rectify the situation. The Mulekites arrived in the New World ca. 6:10 .) About 120 BC. Mulek is a nickname derived from melek (Hebrew, king), a diminutive term of endearment meaning "little king." This event took place about 200-180 BC. There is a good reason why the Mulekites would have stopped in Iowa, across from Nauvoo. Even less is known about their history or their journey to America. Alma travels eight days to Helam, then twelve days to Zarahemla. This remarkable conversion came largely to a people who only a few generations earlier were a spiritually darkened, atheistic society. Zedekiah listened to these ill-informed friends and attempted to rebel against Babylon in 588 B.C. His people's arrival in the New World is one of three recorded migrations from the Old World. His eighteen-year-old son Jehoiachin was then instated as king. Amaleki continues: âAnd 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.â (Omni 1:16; italics added.) the Nephites had become wicked, so Mosiah 1 led a group of righteous Nephites to Zarahemla and And Mormon referred to the Mulekites by the name of Mulek, the son of King Zedekiah who came out of Jerusalem with them. ), With the exception of King Josiah, all of the kings following Hezekiah caused great wickedness in the kingdom of Judah. They were discovered by Mosiah (Omni 1:14) several centuries after their arrival. 6:10) and would later join with the Nephites, who discovered the Mulekites. Not knowing the route to take, the sixteen men, led by Ammon, wandered forty days until they arrived at the Land of Nephi. Feature Article WinnerThis Jewish remnant plays a greater role in Book of Mormon history than many realize. Prior to Almaâs 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. The Mulekites outnumbered the Nephites. Coriantumr was discovered by earlier ancestors of Zarahemla - earlier Mulekites. Part of their rejoicing was because âthe Lord had sent the people of Mosiah with the plates of brass which contained the record of the Jews.â (Omni 1:14.). 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. Perhaps one of the most well-known stories in the Book of Mormon is that of the people of King Benjamin. 8:21.). 8:21.) 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 After the people of Limhi emigrated to Zarahemla and joined the church established there, Mosiah translated these plates through the use of âinterpreters,â or seer stones, divinely preserved and empowered for just such a purpose. In the Book of Helaman, Nephi, son of Helaman, referred to them as âthe seed of Zedekiah.â (Hel. 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? They found Coriantumr. 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. His people, known as the Mulekites in the Book of Mormon, named their land Mulek after the king's son (Hel. Malchiah is identified as "the son of Hammelech" in Jeremiah 38:6. Mulek, a son of King Zedekiah, led a group from Jerusalem in about 587 B.C. 39:1â9.) The Mulekites’ language seems to have been “corrupted” too quickly for natural language evolution. By about 225 B.C. So no. So, any name La Venta carried in Book of Mormon times is much more likely to have been Jaredite or Mulekite than Nephite. The Mulekites were initially introduced to the gospel under King Mosiah and then continued to be taught under his son, King Benjamin. One reason that readers of the Book of Mormon get confused about the Mulekites is that the name Mulekite is never used. 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. Why did the Mulekites desire to be taught the language of the Nephites and have them rule? Jehoiakim was left in power, but after three years he rebelled and was killed. The Route of the Mulekites We now turn our attention to another group of Jewish refugees who also made their way to America at about the same time as Lehi, the Mulekites. The word Mulekite, after Mulek, is commonly used to refer to his group. Amaleki says: âBehold, 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 wildernessâ, âAnd it came to pass that he did according as the Lord had commanded him. 23:34â24:17.). , According to the Book of Mormon, when Jerusalem was destroyed by Babylon, during the reign of Zedekiah, all of the sons of Zedekiah were killed except Mulek. In the destruction that accompanied the death of Christ, the city was burned. The Book of Mormon begins its story of the Mulekites where the Old Testament story of Zedekiah ends. 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