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Is There a Contradiction between Alma 7:10 and Matthew 2:5–6?
|Is There a Contradiction between Alma 7:10 and Matthew 2:5–6?
|Year of Publication
|Smith, Joseph Fielding
|Alma (Book); Bethlehem; Gospel of Matthew; Intertextuality; Jerusalem (Old World); Jesus Christ, Birth of; Nativity
In answer to the title, this article states that there is no contradiction, arguing that Joseph Smith and all of his associates knew perfectly well that Bethlehem was where Jesus was born. The expression used in Alma 7:10 was not that Jesus was born in Jerusalem, but at Jerusalem. This is a Hebrew expression and simply refers to a geographical area—Jerusalem and environs, including Bethlehem.
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