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TitleGazelem the Jaredite
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsJolley, Eliott
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
KeywordsGazelem; Helaman (Son of Alma the Younger); Jaredite; Name; Prophet; Seer; Smith, Joseph, Jr.

Alma refers to Gazelem in his instructions to his son Helaman in Alma 37:23. This article proposes and explores the concept of identifying Gazelem as a Jaredite seer. Other theories of the identity of Gazelem are addressed in this article but not explored in depth. It discusses the full context of Alma’s words, the Jaredite secret combinations and their oaths, Gazelem’s seer stone, and the Nephite interpreters. Additionally, it proposes a possible timeline that Gazelem lived among the Jaredites. It also discusses the usage of “Gazelam” as a substitute name for Joseph Smith in early editions of the Doctrine and Covenants.


Scripture Reference

Alma 37:23