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TitleAn Other Approach to Isaiah Studies
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsSears, Joshua Michael
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsIsaiah (Book); Isaiah (Prophet); Language - Hebrew; Nephi (Son of Lehi)

A recent review of Joseph M. Spencer’s book The Vision of All: Twenty-Five Lectures on Isaiah in Nephi’s Record made the case that the book contains several challenges and problems, in particular that it advocates a theologically deficient interpretation of Isaiah that denies Isaiah’s witness of Jesus Christ. This response provides an alternative reading of Spencer’s work and suggests these assertions are often based on misunderstanding. At stake in this conversation is the question of whether or not there is more than one valid way to read Isaiah that draws upon a faithful, Restoration perspective. While Spencer may interpret and frame some things differently than some other Latter-day Saint scholars, the prophecies of Isaiah provide enough richness and possibility to accommodate a chorus of faithful approaches.