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|Title||KnoWhy #27 - Was the Requirement of a “Broken Heart” Known Before the Time of Christ? (2 Nephi 2:7)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Broken Heart; Contrite Spirit; Sacrifice|
Most Latter-day Saints are familiar with the idea of a sacrifice of a broken heart and contrite spirit as a new standard that Jesus established after his crucifixion. If that was the case, then how did Lehi know about it and expect his people to live by it even though they still lived the Law of Moses and offered animal sacrifices? Scholars have pointed out that two passages from the Old Testament Psalms direct believers to make an offering of a broken heart and contrite spirit. Lehi and his family could have been aware of this doctrine through ancient scriptural texts such as these.
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