Laban Did Not Exist in Jerusalem as the Book of First Nephi Declares
He would have been killed in the siege or deported to Babylon.
Laban is the third character within the first six chapters of the book of I Nephi who cannot have existed in Jerusalem when the BkM claims. First Nephi 3:2-4 places him as a Jerusalem resident when we read “ . . . return to Jerusalem. . . . that thou and thy brothers should go unto the house of Laban, . . .”(Note).29 Like Lehi, Laban is presented as a wealthy Jerusalem resident and as such would have been deported to Babylon with all the other wealthy residents just prior to Zedekiah’s appointment as king. Second Kings 24:14 in the Bible records of Nebuchadnezzar:
We learn of Laban’s wealth from the following verses in the BkM:
Would any care to argue that Laban was not a wealthy man? Only wealthy people have servants, carry a pure gold hilted sword and need a treasury to store their wealth in. Laban could not have existed in Jerusalem as a wealthy man because all of the wealthy people had been deported to Babylon about one year prior to this event. We will also discover in chapter seventeen that God had given all of Jerusalem’s treasures to King Nebuchadnezzar; therefore there were no treasures in Jerusalem following Nebuchadnezzar’s second siege. This is enough evidence to prove Laban would have been deported to Babylon prior to Zedekiah’s reign, but let’s take a close look at even more evidence.
Notice that Laban had armor and a sword. What does one do with those types of weapons? They use them to slay fifty according to the writer of I Nephi. This leads to some interesting questions. Where was Laban during the siege that Nebuchadnezzar had just recently accomplished against Jerusalem? Being a mighty man who could command fifty and even slay fifty, would he not have been defending the walls of Jerusalem? Would he not have been killed or captured and disarmed of his pure gold hilted sword by Nebuchadnezzar’s soldiers when they took over the city? Would any Babylonian soldier have left a pure gold hilted sword in the hands of an enemy who was a mighty man?
This author can already imagine someone declaring that Laban moved into Jerusalem after Nebuchadnezzar’s second siege. Further chapters in this book will demonstrate that this was impossible. God gave the treasures of Jerusalem and all of Judah to Nebuchadnezzar “ . . . throughout all thy borders.”37 Regardless where Laban had come from there were no treasures God had missed. Also, one must consider that mighty men fight battles. They do not flee from the enemy to hide inside walls while their hometown is being destroyed. Jeremiah’s record will show that Nebuchadnezzar’s armies were sweeping the land destroying cities long before they reached Jerusalem. Laban cannot have moved to the walled city of Jerusalem while the land was under attack and still claim to be a mighty man. Cowards act like that!
From only a comparison of the Bible record in II Kings 24:10-17 with the BkM, we have discovered that Nephi, his father Lehi, and Laban were all fictional characters. A person who has an honest heart and faith in God’s Holy Bible should need nothing more to prove that the BkM is a fairy tale, but there is much more evidence to be considered. We have yet to study the Prophet Jeremiah’s record, which holds a mass of evidence that will put the nails in the coffin of the BkM. Let’s continue on and see how Jeremiah’s thirty years of prophecy prior to Zedekiah’s reign will show that Nephi and Lehi could not possibly have been true residents of Jerusalem prior to Nebuchadnezzar's second siege of Jerusalem as Joseph Smith recorded in I Nephi 1:4. Having never truly existed, their history recorded in the BkM can only be fiction.
#29 Consider also 1 Nephi 3:9-10, 3:22-23, 3:29, 4:1, 4:4-5
#30 1 Nephi 3:26, BkM
#31 1 Nephi 4:9, BkM
#32 1 Nephi 4:20, BkM
#33 1 Nephi 3:31, BkM
#34 1 Nephi 4:1, BkM
#35 1 Nephi 4:8 & 4:19, BkM
#36 2 Kings 24:14-16, KJV Bible
#37 Jeremiah 17:3, KJV Bible