Archive | February, 2014

The Land of Jerusalem

6 Feb

I know it has been a while since I made a new post, but thing have been hectic for me these last few months. However, during this past Christmas season I have been reminded of some things that have been said regarding the accuracy of the Book of Mormon; most particularly Alma 7: 10, in which it states

“And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.”

I would like to compare this with the account of the Wise men who came to see the Christ child. Matthew 2: 1-2 reads

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.”

I am just a little curious that if it was So common to make the distinction between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, why did these wisemen go to Jerusalem to seek Christ?

It is well known that the only Micah is known to prophecy of Bethlehem as the birthplace of Christ. These Wisemen had great spiritual insight (as they saw the star when others did not) and yet they still came to Jerusalem; why? The answer is obvious. They knew that Christ would be born among the Jews and so, having no firsthand knowledge of locations in Judea, they went to the one place they did know; Jerusalem. From there they sought help from those who did know the area in order to locate the exact place.

Now, since the Bible gives us a clear example of others from a distant land using Jerusalem as a focal point for locating christ, why is it so hard for people to accept that Alma would have done the same thing when speaking to his son, who would have likely had less understanding of the area of Judea than did these Wisemen.