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KnoWhy #222 - Why Is 3 Nephi Sometimes Called the “Fifth Gospel”? (3 Nephi 27:21)

TitleKnoWhy #222 - Why Is 3 Nephi Sometimes Called the “Fifth Gospel”? (3 Nephi 27:21)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2016
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsAtonement; Crucifixion; Forerunner; Gospel; Jesus Christ; Keystone; Miracle; Mortal Ministry; Prophecy; Resurrection; Sermon at the Temple; Sermon on the Mount; Temple; Testimony; Witness

For more than 100 years, some Latter-day Saints have discussed how 3 Nephi might be considered a “fifth gospel” alongside Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The account in 3 Nephi does indeed have much in common with other gospel accounts, both canonical and non-canonical. Similarities include its opening with signs of Christ’s birth, its description of a forerunner who baptizes (Nephi), its signs confirming Christ’s death, and the recording of similar teachings. As a post-resurrection account, it provides a powerful witness of the most central gospel truth: that Jesus Christ lives and that He is the Son of God.

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Scripture Reference

3 Nephi
3 Nephi 27:21