In this interview, and with the release of her “Opening Isaiah,” Kelsey Wilding asked Ann Madsen, who at the time of this recording (2018) was a senior lecturer in ancient scripture at Brigham Young University: “How did you get interested in the Book of Isaiah?”
It makes me smile now because, I think, no I hope I’m helping other people get through the Isaiah passages. That way they can find out that The Book of Mormon is true, because I didn’t get to find out that it was true when I was younger. In fact, instead, I started reading the Doctrine and Covenants. But I finally got to it and I found out for myself that it was true.
And so, then as I was studying the Old Testament. And the more I taught the Old Testament at BYU, the more I wanted to learn more about Isaiah.
Isaiah seemed like a wonderful mystery that I could plunge into the depths of if I would just make the effort. So, that’s what I did, and that’s what I’m still doing. I mean I’ve just finished a book this year, Opening Isaiah—a Harmony, by Ann Madsen and Shon Hopkin, that I think puts together most of what I have learned in all these years.