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Christ’s Interpretation of Isaiah 52’s “My Servant” in 3 Nephi

TitleChrist’s Interpretation of Isaiah 52’s “My Servant” in 3 Nephi
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsStrathearn, Gaye, and Jacob Moody
JournalJournal of the Book of Mormon and Restoration Scripture
KeywordsCovenant; Interpretation; Jesus Christ; Savior; Suffering Servant

Many interpretations exist about who the “suffering servant” in many of Isaiah’s writings might be. Interpretations for this figure include Isaiah himself, the people of Israel, Joseph Smith, and Jesus Christ. Without arguing against these understandings of the servant, this paper claims that Christ, in 3 Nephi 20–23, personifies the servant as the Book of Mormon. Both the servant and the Book of Mormon are portrayed as filling the same “great and marvelous” works in the gathering of Israel, reminding the Jews of their covenants with God, and bringing the Gentiles to Christ.


Scripture Reference

3 Nephi 20:1-23:14
Isaiah 52:1-14