Mosiah - Chapter 6 Critique


Note: King Benjamin consecrates his son Mosiah to reign in 124 BCE America.


Verse 1: AND now, king Benjamin thought it was expedient, after having finished speaking to the people, that he should take the names of all those who had entered into a covenant with God to keep his commandments.

Note: King Benjamin forgot to write down the names of people who made the covenant.

Nehemiah 3:2-4 Next to Eliashib the men of Jericho built. And next to them Zaccur the son of Imri built. Also the sons of Hassenaah built the Fish Gate; they laid its beams and hung its doors with its bolts and bars. And next to them Meremoth the son of Urijah, the son of Koz, made repairs. Next to them Meshullam the son of Berechiah, the son of Meshezabel, made repairs. Next to them Zadok the son of Baana made repairs.


Verse 2: And it came to pass that there was not one soul, except it were little children, but who had entered into the covenant and had taken upon them the name of Christ.

Note: "Christ" is derived from Greek and was unknown in the Americas at this time.

Webster's Dictionary: from the Greek Christos.


Verse 3: And again, it came to pass that when king Benjamin had made an end of all these things, and had consecrated his son Mosiah to be a ruler and a king over his people, and had given him all the charges concerning the kingdom, and also had appointed priests to teach the people, that thereby they might hear and know the commandments of God, and to stir them up in remembrance of the oath which they had made, he dismissed the multitude, and they returned, every one, according to their families, to their own houses.

Note: Mosiah was not from the tribe of Judah and the priests did not offer burnt sacrifices.

Jeremiah 33:17-18 "For thus says the LORD: 'David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; nor shall the priests, the Levites, lack a man to offer burnt offerings before Me, to kindle grain offerings, and to sacrifice continually.'"


Verse 4: And Mosiah began to reign in his father's stead. And he began to reign in the thirtieth year of his age, making in the whole, about four hundred and seventy-six years from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem.

Note: The fictional Mosiah was not Mayan and did not reign in 124 BCE America.

The Maya built their first large pyramids between 600 and 400 B.C., during the middle of the Preclassic Period. By late in the Preclassic Period, between 400 B.C. and A.D. 250, there were several large Maya settlements in the lowlands. Some of the largest Maya pyramids stood in one of these settlements, at a site now called El Mirador, in northern Guatemala. 2002 World Book Encyclopedia.


Verse 5: And king Benjamin lived three years and he died.

Note: Jewish kings ruled until their death.

1 Chronicles 29:26-28 Thus David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel. And the period that he reigned over Israel was forty years; seven years he reigned in Hebron, and thirty-three years he reigned in Jerusalem. So he died in a good old age, full of days and riches and honor; and Solomon his son reigned in his place.


Verse 6: And it came to pass that king Mosiah did walk in the ways of the Lord, and did observe his judgments and his statutes, and did keep his commandments in all things whatsoever he commanded him.

Note: The fictional Mosiah was not Mayan and did not reign in 124 BCE America.

The Maya worshiped many gods and goddesses. One Maya manuscript mentions more than 160 of them. For example, the Maya worshiped a corn god, a rain god known as Chac, a sun god called Kinich Ahau, and a moon goddess called Ix Chel. Each god or goddess influenced some part of Maya life. Ix Chel, for instance, was the goddess of medicine and weaving. 2002 World Book Encyclopedia.


Verse 7: And king Mosiah did cause his people that they should till the earth. And he also, himself, did till the earth, that thereby he might not become burdensome to his people, that he might do according to that which his father had done in all things. And there was no contention among all his people for the space of three years.

Note: Ancient kings had servants who did the building, farming, and shepherding.

2 Chronicles 26:9-10 And Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, at the Valley Gate, and at the corner buttress of the wall; then he fortified them. Also he built towers in the desert. He dug many wells, for he had much livestock, both in the lowlands and in the plains; he also had farmers and vinedressers in the mountains and in Carmel, for he loved the soil.