Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2011, March 10

Book of Mormon | “Are Laman and Lemuel Half-brothers to Nephi, and maybe Sam?” by grego

Book of Mormon | Are Laman and Lemuel Half-brothers to Nephi, and maybe Sam?


I have had an impression/ hunch/ feeling the past few times of reading that Laman and Lemuel are half-brothers to Nephi, and maybe Sam. I think this might have to do with some of the things that happen in 1 and 2 Nephi, and the blessings Lehi gives his children.

I don’t know if there is much to support this, but that’s been my impression.

I have thought about the fight between Laman and Lemuel vs. Nephi over leadership. Laman, the firstborn, should have had it. But, it is given to Nephi. Seen in the context of Jerusalem 600BC, we’re likely talking birthright.
I have commented previously about Sam and why he might have been “left out”/ “passed over” due to temporal limitations. Or, he could have been Nephi’s half-brother, too.

I don’t know if it would be Lehi or Sariah who remarried; but in this context, it would likely have been Lehi who married Sariah, whose firstborn was Nephi. (Perhaps this is why Lehi is always “talking to” his older children, and not Sariah.) Laman lost the birthright, and Lehi gave it to Nephi.

I read recently this, on
“Nibley goes on to explain that Laman and Lemuel were Arabic names and that Nephi and Sam were Egyptian names (see p. 46).”

Nibley also points out that Laman/Lemuel, Sam/Nephi, Jacob/Joseph are like paired brothers.

Then, about the names of Laman and Lemuel: “The only example of the name of Laman to be found anywhere to the writer’s knowledge is its attribution to an ancient Mukam, or sacred place, in Palestine. Most of these Mukams are of unknown, and many of them of prehistoric, date. In Israel only the tribe of Manasseh built them. It is a striking coincidence that Conder saw in the name Leimun, as he renders it (the vowels must be supplied by guesswork), a possible corruption of the name Lemuel, thus bringing these two names, so closely associated in the Book of Mormon, into the most intimate relationship, and that in the one instance in which the name of Laman appears.” (Hugh Nibley, Lehi in the Desert and the World of the Jaredites, p. 45)

Were Laman and Lemuel perhaps twins??

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