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Is There a Contradiction between Alma 7:10 and Matthew 2:5–6?
|Title||Is There a Contradiction between Alma 7:10 and Matthew 2:5–6?|
|Publication Type||Magazine Article|
|Year of Publication||1955|
|Authors||Smith, Joseph Fielding|
|Date Published||April 1955|
|Keywords||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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