In The Vision of All, Joseph Spencer draws on the best of biblical and Latter day Saint scholarship to make sense of the so called Isaiah chapters in the first two books of the Book of Mormon Arguing that Isaiah lies at the very heart of Nephi s project, Spencer insists on demystifying the writings of Isaiah while nonetheless refusing to pretend that Isaiah is in any waIn The Vision of All, Joseph Spencer draws on the best of biblical and Latter day Saint scholarship to make sense of the so called Isaiah chapters in the first two books of the Book of Mormon Arguing that Isaiah lies at the very heart of Nephi s project, Spencer insists on demystifying the writings of Isaiah while nonetheless refusing to pretend that Isaiah is in any way easy to grasp Presented as a series of down to earth lectures, The Vision of All outlines a comprehensive answer to the question of why Nephi was interested in Isaiah in the first place Along the way, the book presents both a general approach to reading Isaiah in the Book of Mormon and a set of specific tactics for making sense of Isaiah s writings For anyone interested in understanding what Isaiah is doing in the Book of Mormon, this is the place to start.
Incredibly insightful. Nobody knows the "Isaiah chapter" in the Book of Mormon better than Joseph Spencer.
I'm always grateful for an honest attempt to explain Isaiah to us lay members of the Church. When reading the Book of Mormon, it is made clear that understanding Isaiah is absolutely vital. But the moment we hit 2 Nephi's extensive quoting of Isaiah, we give up. We're caught in this endless conundrum, always feeling a little guilty for not caring enough to do a deep dive. Spencer explains the problem well at the beginning of his lecture series:Well, we can’t [ignore Isaiah]. Instead, we tend t [...]
If you ever wanted a better way to approach the Isaiah chapters in 1 and 2 Nephi than "skip them," which was what I was first taught as a teenager, then this book is the Mormon Studies equivalent of winning the lottery. Joe is a friend of mine, and all of his genius and thoughtfulness are on full display as he systematically takes us through the writings of Nephi on Isaiah and helps us understand what he thinks Nephi's project is, and why Nephi uses Isaiah so heavily. My one complaint was the ov [...]
First half opens your mind to Nephi's deeper purposes and planningNew perspectives and understanding of Isaiah and God's purposes in a familiar format - perhaps slightly too familiar, but that's just my opinion. Definitely a great study companion. Two books as ebook for some reason, stops suddenly
I learned some amazing and inspiring things about Isaiah and Nephi's use of his words in the Book of Mormon. Wow!
Isaiah really gets dragged through the mud quite a bit in Mormon culture. In all our new goals to re-read the Book of Mormon, give it a week or two and you will hear things like "I hit the Isaiah chapters, and it's a doozy!" or "I had to skip those Isaiah chapters, or I would have given up!" Funny, considering Nephi considered this part of his record the "more sacred" part, and we try to flip through them as quickly as we can, consoling ourselves that even Nephi said they're hard to understand. [...]
"Isaiah's far simpler than you've imagined. Seriously." Pg 35