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Four Keys to Interpreting Isaiah

Used with permission from Steven Montgomery, this is his a summary of Avraham Gileadi's book, The Book of Isaiah: A New Translation with interpretive keys from the Book of Mormon, prepared by Steven Montgomery. Four Keys of Interpretation: Spirit...
Do You Have an Isaiah Problem? The Book of Mormon Might!

Stylometry and the Multiple Isaiah Theory

Last week, we reported on a presentation by Matt Roper and Paul Fields where they captivated the audience with their study of Book of Mormon authors using stylometry. Using computers for statistical analysis, they produced a "wordprint" (sometimes...
Is Stylometry the Ultimate Proof that Joseph Smith Did Not Write the Book of Mormon?video

Is Stylometry the Ultimate Proof that Joseph Smith Did Not Write the Book of...

At a Book of Mormon conference in Provo last Saturday, Matt Roper and Paul Fields set out to do just that. They intrigued the audience with a new study of Book of Mormon authorship using stylometry showing...
Just Reveal The Secret To The Book of Mormon

At Last, The Secret To The Book of Mormon Is Revealed

BYU's Maxwell Institute published a paper by Avraham Gileadi where he advanced the thesis that Isaiah is a key to understanding the Book of Mormon. Naturally, he begins by pointing out that both books teach...
His Hand Stretched Out, We Still Get it Wrong

How Most Christians Got “His Hand Stretched Out Still” All Wrong

This phrase: "His hand stretched out still", is a Jewish idiom, that appears in Isaiah 9 three times and again with variations in 2 Nephi 15:25; 19:12, 17, 21; 20:4. For many Christians, this is a simple description of...
Isaiah and the Messiah: Isaiah’s Prophecies Concerning Christ being taught by Terry Ball at BYU education weekvideo

Isaiah and the Messiah: Isaiah’s Prophecies Concerning Christ

During the 2010 BYU Campus Education Week, Terry B. Ball shared his thoughts on Isaiah as a Messianic prophet. As he opened his remarks, by quoting the Savior in 3 Nephi 23:1 when He commanded: "Yea, a...

Jacob’s Commentary on Isaiah 50–1 (2 Nephi 7–8)

Trying to understand why both Nephi and Jacob used Isaiah so extensively in the small plates, or plates reserved "for the special apurpose that there should be an account engraven of the bministry of my people" (1 Ne...
Nephi’s 4 Keys to Understanding Isaiah

Nephi’s 4 Keys to Understanding Isaiah

  1           Learn the manner of prophesying among the Jews. Isaiah was “what LDS scholar Victor L. Ludlow called a ‘deliberately difficult’ prophet.… Conceal what you are going to say. Never use the same noun twice...
Isaiah’s Original Historical Context

Isaiah’s Original Historical Context

In their series: “Finding Doctrine and Meaning in Book of Mormon Isaiah,”  published in the Religious Educator 15, no. 1, in 2014, RoseAnn Benson and Shon D. Hopkin wrote that Isaiah the prophet was regularly given access to the kingly...
Isaiah’s Writing Style Discussed

Isaiah’s Writing Style

President Boyd K. Packer observed: “Just as you settle in to move comfortably along, you will meet a barrier. The style of the language changes to Old Testament prophecy style. For, interspersed in the...