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KnoWhy #392 - Why Did the Wise Men Give Jesus Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh? (2 Nephi 2:7)
TitleKnoWhy #392 - Why Did the Wise Men Give Jesus Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh? (2 Nephi 2:7)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2017
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsJesus Christ; Kingship; Priest; Prophet; Symbolism; Wise Men
Abstract

The gifts of the Magi, gold, frankincense, and myrrh, are seen by some to be symbolic. Gold represents Christ’s kingship, frankincense his role as a priest, and myrrh was thought to foreshadow Christ’s death. The motif of Christ as King often appears in the Book of Mormon, most often in references to Jesus as "Christ" or "Messiah," which can refer to kings, 2 Nephi 2:7 refers to Christ’s role as priest, offering himself as a sin offering, and the power of Christ’s death and resurrection is the essence of the Book of Mormon.

URLhttps://knowhy.bookofmormoncentral.org/content/why-did-the-wise-men-give-jesus-gold-frankincense-and-myrrh
Citation Key3658

Scripture Reference

2 Nephi 2:7

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