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Is there a Book of Mormon quote in ‘The Chosen’ Season 3?

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The long-awaited Season 3 premiere of The Chosen, the dramatic series about the life of Jesus Christ, is just around the corner. A trailer for the powerful new season also recently dropped, showing fans the inspiring and exciting new parables, stories, and teachings they can expect to see on their screens very soon.

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At its dramatic climax, the trailer features a Jewish religious leader telling Jesus, “If you do not renounce your words, we will have no choice but to follow the law of Moses,” suggesting the death of Christ. After a dramatic silence in the trailer’s musical score, Jesus, played by actor Jonathan Roumie, unflinchingly answers, “I am the law of Moses.”

Some fans and viewers have since pointed out the line’s similarity to a Book of Mormon verse, 3 Nephi 15:9, which reads, “Behold, I am the law, and the light. Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life.”

In a video earlier this week, The Chosen’s director and creator Dallas Jenkins addressed the topic of where the line came from.

“It’s not a direct quote,” Jenkins said. “It wasn’t referring to the law of Moses in that quote. ... And I have never read the Book of Mormon, to be honest with you. … When someone told me, ‘Hey, that’s from the Book of Mormon,’ I was like, ‘OK,’ and I went and looked it up. … It’s a cool line. … It’s in the show because I believe it’s a really great line, and I believe that it’s also theologically plausible. ... The point is God is over these things. Jesus is over these things. He is these things. He owns these things. They came from him. Jesus makes many ‘I am’ statements and is called the ‘Great I Am.’ So no, I didn’t pull this quote from anywhere else. ... It’s a theologically plausible line and, I believe, a cool, Jesus-as-king moment, and that’s it.”

You can watch the entire livestream video in the player below. Learn more about Season 3 and watch past episodes of The Chosen here.

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