Get to Know Isaiah Scholar, Avraham Gileadi


Avraham Gileadi was born in the Netherlands in 1940. During World War II, his father’s underground organization helped a New Zealand pilot escape to England. This led to the family migrating to New Zealand. After becoming a popular jazz and rock musician, Avraham gave up the music to return to his spiritual roots. He traveled to Israel, received his Hebrew name from a rabbinical court on converting to Judaism, became an Israeli citizen, attended rabbinical school in Jerusalem, and learned Jewish analytical methods. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1972 in the Pool of Siloam after having read the Book of Mormon, which he found in a kibbutz library. 

After living five years in Israel, he moved to the United States, enrolled at Brigham Young University, and raised a family of nine children. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies under the tutelage of Professor R. K. Harrison of Wycliffe College, Toronto School of Theology, with Professor Hugh Nibley as chairman. For his Ph.D. thesis, he analyzed a complex literary structure in the Book of Isaiah that radically impacts the book’s interpretation.

During six of his eight years at BYU, he taught Hebrew, Old and New Testaments, and an honors class in the literary analysis of Isaiah. Under the direction of Ellis Rasmussen, dean of Religion, he completed footnotes for the LDS edition of the Bible of translation problems in the King James Version of the Hebrew prophets. He also reviewed and revised the Hebrew translation of the Book of Mormon for the Church’s Translation Division, discovering many Hebrew prophetic structures and literary patterns in the Book of Mormon. He translated the Book of Isaiah into modern English with annotations from the Dead Sea Scroll of Isaiah and the Septuagint Version, publishing it with analyses of Isaiah’s literary patterns discovered during a decade of post-doctoral research.

Sponsored by the Hebraeus Foundation since 1990, Avraham Gileadi has lectured widely, given seminars and firesides, and published many books on the Book of Isaiah and related subjects that teach Jewish analytical methods and help anyone to understand Isaiah. Avraham’s books, videos, and mp3s are for sale on the Isaiah Institute’s website.

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