Book of Mormon Central Archive
Who Was Sherem?
|Title||Who Was Sherem?|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Thompson, A. Keith|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture|
|Keywords||Antichrist; Jacob; Sherem|
The Book of Mormon’s first anti-Christ, Sherem, “came among” the Nephites before their first generation was ended. Because he was an eloquent believer in the Law of Moses, there has been a variety of surmise as to his background. Was he a Lamanite, or a Jaredite or Mulekite trader? Was his presence among the separated Nephites evidence of early interaction between the Nephites and other civilisations in Nephite lands from the time of their first arrival? This short article reviews the various suggestions about Sherem’s identity and suggests he was most likely a descendant of the original Lehite party but that his identity was purposely suppressed so as not to give him more credibility than he deserved.