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KnoWhy #12 - Did Pre-Christian Prophets Know About Christ? (1 Nephi 10:17)

TitleKnoWhy #12 - Did Pre-Christian Prophets Know About Christ? (1 Nephi 10:17)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2016
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsJesus Christ; Messiah; Old Testament; Prophecy

How could an ancient Israelite prophet know so much about Jesus Christ? Some have argued that the Book of Mormon's heavy focus on Christ is anachronistic, as the Old Testament seems to lack any detailed knowledge about the coming of Jesus Christ on the level of the Book of Mormon's knowledge. However, scholars have now begun to see the roots of early Christian teachings about Jesus as rooted in ancient Israelite beliefs that extend many centuries before the coming of Christ. Pre-Christian knowledge of Christ may therefore not be as out of place for an ancient Israelite prophet as some have supposed.

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Scripture Reference

1 Nephi 10:17