IS MULEK MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE?
Helaman 6:10 records that Zedekiah, King of Judah in Lehi's day, had a son named Mulek who escaped execution by the Babylonians, despite the statement in 2 Kings 25:4-7 that the king's sons were slain. While the name Mulek is not mentioned directly in the Bible, scholars have recently drawn some interesting conclusions about a person named Malchiah, mentioned in Jer. 38:6. Could he have been Mulek?
Malchiah (or better, MalkiYahu) was "the son of Hammelech" according to the King James translation of Jeremiah. But clearly this should have been translated "the son of the king" since -melech in Hebrew means the same as melek, king. Several factors now indicate that Malchiah was in fact not just the son of an anonymous king but the son of Zedekiah. Thus concluded Yohanan Aharoni, the late head of the Department of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University.
Furthermore, it is known that names like Malchiah (BerekYahu for example) took a shortened form in the 6th century B.C. The short name for BerekYahu was Baruch, the familiar name of Jeremiah's scribe. A similar abbreviation would reduce Malchiah (MalkiYahu) to something very much like "Mulek" as in the Book of Mormon.
A prominent Old Testament scholar visiting in Provo during March was impressed to learn that the Book of Mormon names Mulek as a son of Zedekiah. He remarked, "If Joseph Smith came up with that one, he did pretty well!"