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Mulek the Conqueror

Attribution: the following post leans heavily on the work of Jeffrey R. Chadwick.

In Helaman 8:12, we read: 
And now will you dispute that Jerusalem was destroyed? Will ye say that the sons of Zedekiah were not slain, all except it were Mulek? Yea, and do ye not behold that the seed of Zedekiah are with us, and they were driven out of the land of Jerusalem?
In Jeremiah 38:6, the Hebrew phrase that is mistranslated as "Malchiah son of Hammelech" is actually Malkiyahu ben-ha-melek(מַלְכִּיָּהוּ בֶן־הַמֶּלֶךְ). In Hebrew, this means "Malkiyahu, son of the King".But was this Malkiyahu(מַלְכִּיָּהוּ) the same person as Mulek? In the case of Baruch, the scribe of Jeremiah(Jeremiah 32:12), the long form of his name is Berekyahu. If Berekyahu can be shortened to Baruchthen Mulek is a plausible hypocorism of Malkiyahu. 
John L. Sorenson identifies the city of Mulek with La Venta. However, La Venta was an Olmec site that was abandoned in 400 BC. Mormon tells us that the Nephite…

The Jaredites as Olmec

Whenever the two sources or “witnesses” happen to converge in their testimony, a historical “datum” (or given) may be said to have been established beyond reasonable doubt. To ignore or to deny the implications of such convergent testimony is irresponsible scholarship, since it impeaches the testimony of one witness without reasonable cause by suppressing other vital evidence. (What Did The Biblical Writers Know and When Did They Know It?; William Dever, 2001, pg. 107)
Unlike the Nephites, we don't have a start date or an end date for the Jaredites, in the Book of Mormon, thus we don't have a firm chronology with which to compare with archeology. Past proposals for a beginning date or end date for Ether's lineage history have tended to be too eager to see a connection between the Jaredites and Olmec or too hesitant, my own included.

Any attempt to create a Jaredite chronology must begin with the king list provided by Moroni, in Ether 1; archeology should only be reffered t…

The Messianic Event: Cyclical History and Nephite Calendar Prophecies

Attribution: The following post is heavily dependant on the words of Dr. Mark Alan Wright, who is quoted/paraphrased liberally in the second and third paragraphs.

One of the intriguing features of the Book of Mormon is the use of the baktun, or 400 year cycle, is it is attested several times in the text (Alma 45:10Helaman 13:5,9Mormon 8:6). It also appears that the baktun and the katun are both attested in Moroni 10:1, when Moroni states that "more than four hundred and twenty years have passed away since the sign was given of the coming of Christ". To paraphrase Mark Alan Wright, what's most interesting in this verse is that Moroni specifically says he wants his brethren the Lamanites to know that it had been four hundred and twenty years, because that number would carry much more meaning to the Lamanites than it would to the Gentiles.
The Maya "Long Count" records the elapsed number of periods of 400 years + periods of 20 years + years + periods of 20 day…

The Mexican Book of Mormon

Disclaimer: The following post is not political in nature. It is a not a "brown power" or "la raza" manifesto; nor is it intended to be an endorsement or condemnation of illegal immigration into the US. 

Who cares about the geography of the Book of Mormon? Does it have a salvific or applicable value? No, from an eternal perspective, Book of Mormon geography is completely irrelevant. The Book of Mormon exists to bring people to Christ, so that they might repent of their sins and follow Him into the waters of baptism. That's it. Nevertheless, some people really like the Book of Mormon and want to know more about it and the people who wrote it. That's where geography comes in.

Just as knowing about the Roman empire and first century Judaism can inform our readings of the New Testament, just as ancient near eastern geography and and a knowledge of Canaanite and Babylonian religious texts can inform our readings of the Old Testament and just as 19th century Amer…