Book of Mormon Central Archive
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Russell, Collin Charles|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture|
|Keywords||1 Nephi 16:7; 1 Nephi 4:35; 1 Nephi 4:37; 2 Nephi 1:30; 2 Nephi 5:6; Alma 54:23; Brass Plates; Etymology; Laban; Manasseh (Tribe); Oath; Onomasticon; Servant; Slave; Zoram (Servant of Laban)|
Zoram, the servant of Laban, is a character from the Book of Mormon who is only mentioned a few times and on whom little information is given. This article analyzes what information is given in the Book of Mormon and contextualizes its historical background, all coupled with the observations of Latter-day Saint Church leaders and scholars. Insight is provided concerning Zoram’s Hebraic descent in the tribe of Manasseh and his working duties under Laban’s command, along with how all this affected his role in assisting Lehi’s family. The meaning of his name in Hebrew and possible correlations to the meaning of his life’s events are explained. The oath between Nephi and Zoram is discussed, and the debate regarding whether Zoram was a slave or servant is addressed, to show that he was likely a free servant.