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An Other Approach to Isaiah Studies
|An Other Approach to Isaiah Studies
|Year of Publication
|Sears, Joshua Michael
|Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
|Isaiah (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.
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