The BOM fraud thread got nixed, but I think that this is an important topic.
So why is there no Bethlehem in the BOM when describing Christ’s birth place? Joe Smith could have said that Christ was born in Bethlehem, which is in the Land of Jerusalem, but he didn’t. Why? Mormons will say that the Nephites didn’t know where Bethlehem is but they know where Jerusalem is. However there is an underlying theme.
The word Bethlehem in Hebrew means “House of Bread”. Who, exactly, was the bread? It was Jesus Christ. Saying that Jesus was born in Jerusalem is being ignorant of Hebrew and of the enormous symbolism which God gives us. His birth in Bethlehem as the Bread of Life connects to the Last Supper where He initiates the Eucharist, then to His death and resurrection. Bethlehem is no misnomer, nor is it something that can just be left out of a “sacred” text. The Most Holy of all Bread was born there.
This omission from the Book of Mormon is completely unacceptable. Joseph Smith could have retained Bethlehem, but because he didn’t, there is no doubt that the BOM was in NO WAY divinely inspired.
If the Nephites knew Hebrew (which I believe they did) they would have understood this symbolism immediately.