Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship


Mulek, King Zedekiah, Book of Mormon, Babylonian siege, Zarahemla, King Mosiah


The Book of Mormon identifies Mulek as the only son of King Zedekiah to escape execution during the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem (Omni 1:15; Helaman 8:21). Like the Lehites, Mulek and those with him fled Jerusalem and were "brought by the hand of the Lord across the great waters" (Omni 1:16). Descendants of the group later settled in the land of Zarahemla, where the people under Mosiah discovered them and Mosiah became king when the two groups merged into a single polity (Omni 1:19).