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KnoWhy #412 - How Abraham’s Sacrifice of Isaac Illuminates the Atonement (Jacob 4:5)
|Title||KnoWhy #412 - How Abraham’s Sacrifice of Isaac Illuminates the Atonement (Jacob 4:5)|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Abraham (Prophet); Atonement; Isaac (Son of Abraham); Jacob (Son of Lehi); Jesus Christ; Prophet; Sacrifice; Similitude|
Jacob told his people that Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac was “a similitude of God and his Only Begotten Son” (Jacob 4:5). Jacob’s statement that the near-sacrifice of Isaac was “a similitude” of the Atonement of Christ is a key that unlocks the deeper spiritual meaning behind this story. With this understanding in place, we can go back to the Old Testament with fresh eyes. Looking at the similarities between the Abraham-Isaac narrative and the Atonement of Christ shows how insightful Jacob’s comment really was.
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