Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen

The brother of Jared lives at the time of the Tower of Babel—over two thousand years before the birth of the Savior. As such, he may be a contemporary of Abraham and also of the very aged Noah (who passes away about this time). Just as Abraham was to be directed by the Lord to flee his homeland in Ur of the Chaldees and settle in Palestine, the brother of Jared is directed somewhat earlier to leave their home and be spared the confounding of their language at the time the Lord scatters the people of Babel to restrain them from doing all the vain and prideful things “which they have imagined to do” (Genesis 11:6). The brother of Jared and his circle of followers established one of the three great Israelite nations that populated ancient America: the Jaredites, the Mulekites, and the Nephites.

Commentaries and Insights on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 2