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Mulekites vis-a-vis Lamanites.

March 27th, 2012 by Bookslinger

The nature of the relationship btween the Mulekites and the Lamanites became a little clearer to me recently while reading the Book of Mormon this year.

In Omni verses 12 and 13 we read that the 1st King Mosiah led some of the Nephites out of the land of Nephi, took them on a journey and discovered the land and people of Zarahemla. Mosiah and his people then joined up with the Zarahemla-ites, also known as Mulekites. Mulek, son of Zedekiah King of Judah, was the principal of that group of immigrants (Mosiah 25:2, Helaman 6:10).

At that point, the Nephites had already had a long tradition of wars with the Lamanites.

It finally occured to me that since the Nephites were “new” to the Mulekites, so also were the Lamanites.

In Omni 24 we read that by the time the first Mosiah’s son Benjamin is king, the combined Nephites/Mulekites have had a war with the Lamanites.

In this, I see the beginning of the resentment between the Mulekites and the Nephites, in that the Nephites in effect brought the Lamanites upon the Mulekites. In spite of the fact that the Mulekites (Zarahemla-ites) rejoiced over the Nephites bringing the Brass Plates (the Old Testament up through the time of Jeremiah), and a presumed restoration of the Hebrew language, along with a presumed restoration of Hebrew and Egyptian writing, the fact remains that had the Nephites not come to Zarahemla, the Lamanites would likely not have discovered Zarahemla and would have left them alone.

To me, this explains in large part why Mulekite dissenters and King-men were not reluctant to join or make league with the Lamanites later on in the Book of Mormon. The dissenting Mulekites likely saw the Lamanites as the Nephites’ enemy, not their’s.

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March 27th, 2012 12:45:49

March 27, 2012

Very likely so.

Somewhat tangential, but I am rather partial to Orson Scott Card’s theory that the Mulekites had nothing to do with the Jews at all, but made up the link to Zedekiah as an attempt of ancestral one-upmanship that the Nephite leaders chose not to examine too closely.

March 27, 2012

I am going to have to look closer. All I remember is that a lot of the dissentents had Jaredite names, suggesting ancestral Jaredites that were sore they were no longer a ‘world’ power.

March 27, 2012

Zen: Yes, I think it was Nibley who made that point. I think he also pointed out that surviving (straggler) Jaredites were likely absorbed into the Mulekites when the Mulekites arrived right at the end of the Jaredite dynasty, and encountered the surviving Coriantumr.

At the time of Mosiah the 1st and his son Benjamin, the descendents of the Jaredites among the Mulekites would have shared the opinion of the Mulekites that the Nephites brought their “baggage” of Lamanites with them.

Since reading the various theories about other inhabitants (neither Nephite/Lamanite nor Jaredite/Mulekite) pre-existing in the land, with each successive reading of the BoM I find more evidence to support those theories. I plan on doing a post about that subject.

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