Paul A. Douglas
34. Why does the Book of Mormon incorrectly state that Jesus was born in Jerusalem?
We know, of course, that the Lord was born in Bethlehem. Bethlehem is located on the southern portion of the Judean Mountains.The city is situated 73 kilometers (about 44 mi) northeast of Gaza City and the Mediterranean Sea, 75 kilometers (46 mi) west of Amman, Jordan, 59 kilometers (37 mi) southeast of Tel Aviv, Israel and 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) south of Jerusalem.Jesus was born from the tribe of Judah and Bethlehem is in the territory of Judah.Jerusalem is in the territory of the tribe of Benjamin, which would make Jesus having been born of the tribe of Benjamin!Apologists claim that Bethlehem is essentially a suburb of Jerusalem. There is not a single non-LDS expert who will state any such thing. Bethlehem is not Jerusalem. A big issue, perhaps not, but it casts additional doubt on the veracity of the Book of Mormon because God is not in the habit of just being close, He is perfect.
Why does the Book of Mormon incorrectly state that Jesus was born in Jerusalem?
The Book of Mormon does not claim that “Jesus was born in Jerusalem”. It claims that Jesus was born “at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers.” It is referring to the land of Jerusalem.
We could accept this as a reasonable explanation, were it not for the fact that Joseph Smith in his arrogance made the fanciful and demonstrably false statement that the Book of Mormon is ‘the most correct book on earth.’
But to state that I have stated ‘erroneous or incorrect information’ by pointing out Smith’s mistake says a great deal about FairMormon’s raison d’être.