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|Title||KnoWhy #103 - Has an Ancient Artifact Relating to the Book of Mormon Been Found (Mosiah 25:2)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Archaeology; King Zedekiah; Kingdom of Judah; Mulek (Son of Zedekiah); Mulekite; Zarahemla (Polity)|
Archaeologists excavating in Jerusalem discovered a small stamp seal in the 1980s belonging to a certain Malkiyahu ben hamelek, or Malkiyahu son of the king. This same name, rendered as Malchiah, is found in Jeremiah 38. If Malchiah is the same person as the Book of Mormon’s Mulek, then the stamp seal belonging to Malkiyahu would lend independent credibility to the historical existence of Mulek. Although impossible to definitively prove, Mulek is a very strong candidate for being one and the same as this Malchiah/Malkiyahu. Knowing Mulek’s identity and high status in Judean society helps readers better appreciate both biblical and Book of Mormon history and personalities.
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