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|Title||How Not to Read Isaiah|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2020|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship|
|Keywords||Isaiah (Book); Isaiah (Prophet); Language - Hebrew; Nephi (Son of Lehi)|
In the Book of Mormon, Nephi draws upon his own knowledge of the Jewish people, their culture and language, and the surrounding area to add to his understanding of Isaiah’s words, and commends that approach to his reader. In his book The Vision of All, it is clear that Joseph Spencer lacks knowledge in these topics, and it negatively affects his interpretation of Isaiah. Specifically, this lack of knowledge causes him to misinterpret the role of the Messiah in Isaiah’s teachings, something that was clear to Isaiah’s ancient readers.
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