All of that was interesting. But you realize there are more similarities between the Christian Jesus and a actual Jew of the same name the Hebrews/Jews viewed as a holy rabbi that healed and did supposed miricles?Consequently, Nephi claimed that he "took Laban by the hair of the head, and I smote off his head with his own sword." (verse 18) Even though this would seem to have created a rather bloody mess, Nephi said that "after I had smitten off his head... I took the garments of Laban and put them upon mine own body; yea, even every whit; and I did gird on his armor about my loins." (verse 19)
Nephi then proceeded "unto the treasury of Laban." On the way he "saw the servant of Laban who had the keys of the treasury. And I commanded him in the voice of Laban that he should go with me into the treasury. And he supposed me to be his master, Laban, for he beheld the garments and also the sword girded about my loins.... And I spake unto him as if it had been Laban. And I also spake unto him that I should carry the engravings, which were upon the plates of brass, to my elder brethren, who were without the walls.... And it came to pass that when the servant of Laban beheld my brethren he began to tremble... And now I, Nephi, being a man large in stature... therefore I did seize upon the servant of Laban, and held him, that he should not flee. And it came to pass that I spake with him... that if he would hearken unto our words, we would spare his life.... And it came to pass that we took the plates of brass and the servant of Laban, and departed into the wilderness, and journeyed unto the tent of our father." (1 Nephi 4:21, 23-24, 30-32, 38)
The reader will notice that in the quotation given above Nephi used the words "of the treasury." While this three-word phrase is never found in the King James Bible, it does appear in 2 Maccabees 3:40.
A person might wonder what caused Joseph Smith to link the plates of brass with a treasury. The answer may be found in 1 Maccabees 14:48-49:
"So they commanded that this writing should be put in tables of brass, and that they should be set up within the compass of the sanctuary in a conspicuous place; Also that the copies thereof should be laid up in the treasury, to the end that Simon and his sons might have them."
While this reference does not specifically state what the "copies" were written on, the original was written on brass plates, and this certainly could have led Joseph Smith to write a story concerning plates of brass in the treasury of Laban. Interestingly, this reference (1 Maccabees 14:48-49) is found only about two pages before the book of 2 Maccabees, which contains the story of Heliodorus's attempt to plunder the treasury in Jerusalem.
It would appear, then, that Joseph Smith borrowed from both First Maccabees and Second Maccabees in creating this tale. The reader will notice, however, that Smith has turned the story around somewhat. While the Apocrypha has an ungodly man failing in his attempt to plunder the treasury at Jerusalem, the Book of Mormon states that it was a servant of God who tricked Laban's servant into allowing him to take the "plates of brass" from the treasury. Significantly, in both stories it is the ungodly who are brought to the ground -- one is beheaded and the other "lay ready to give up the ghost." It really comes as no surprise that in both cases the godly prevailed against the wicked.
More at: http://www.utlm.org/newsletters/no89.htm
There is nothing original in the BoM.
Did you know there are more factual similarities between the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh and the OT stories then Smith and the BOM being compared to your mentioned sources (except the Bible)? Did you know that? Did you know there are more factual similarities between the Catholic trinity theory and the pre-existing trinity teachings of Egyptian and Greek gods then Smiths beliefs of God being compared to the old gnostic teachings of God?