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Isaiah
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1. Read Isaiah as Poetry One of the things that can make Isaiah confusing is its abstract and expressive language. Isaiah was both a prophet and a poet, so one of the things you can do to make his prophecies easier to grasp is to read Isaiah as poetry. BYU Professor Donald W. Parry published a book called Poetic Parallelisms in the Book of Mormon (available to read for free online!)...
Jacob as the High Priest preaches to the Nephites. Drawing by Jody Livingston.
Reading 2 Nephi means encountering a lot of Isaiah, and Jacob’s speech is no exception. Jacob, as the newly installed high priest, gave a speech to the Nephites ( 2 Nephi 6–10 ) and quoted extensively from Isaiah 49–52 . Jacob explained that Nephi specifically asked him to preach on these passages from Isaiah ( 2 Nephi 6:4 ), meaning that Nephi felt strongly that these specific chapters...
La Virgen del Apocalipsis, by Miguel Cabrera
As discussed in our December 10th Come, Follow Me blog post by Jasmin Gimenez, the Book of Mormon prophet Nephi recorded a panoramic vision of future events ( 1 Nephi 11–14 ). However, Nephi was instructed to not record the conclusion of his vision. This is because, according to his angelic guide, this portion of the vision would later be written by John, one of the “apostles of the...
Opening Isaiah: A Harmony Header Image
The BYU Religious Studies Center has recently published a new book that will surely be helpful to anyone interested in understanding Isaiah in the Book of Mormon. Ann Madsen and Shon Hopkin’s new book, Opening Isaiah: A Harmony lays out five different versions of the book of Isaiah in parallel columns, allowing the reader to compare each version: (1) the King James Version, (2) the...
A 2,700-year-old clay seal impression which potentially belonged to the biblical prophet Isaiah. (Ouria Tadmor/© Eilat Mazar)
A new archaeological excavation at the south of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem has just barely uncovered an 8 th century seal impression that might have belonged to the biblical prophet Isaiah, revered by Nephi and other Book of Mormon prophets.