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Donald W. Parry, Jay A. Parry, and Tina M. Peterson. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book, 1998. softbound, 6 ¼ x 9 ¼ ”, 669 pgs. ISBN: 9781606410813
What is it about the writings of Isaiah that causes many of us to be overcome by feelings of dread and trepidation? With this new book, no student of the Bible or Book of Mormon has need to fear. In Understanding Isaiah, the authors break down the otherwise formidable words of Isaiah into small bites that can be absorbed, pondered, and comprehended. Unlike other works on Isaiah, this book goes beyond commentary and actually includes the verses of text comprising not only the King James Version of the Bible but also the Joseph Smith Translation and the Book of Mormon, presenting the most correct translation available today. The text is presented in the same couplet format as it was likely originally written. The authors examine each unit of thought individually, likening it to our modern-day life and presenting definitions and explanations of meaning based on thorough study of the Hebrew language. The result is a comprehensive, accessible reference work that imparts readers an unprecedented understanding of Isaiah.
This book helps simplify our task of studying the words of this great prophet. Here you will find some unique tools:
The text of Isaiah appears in the poetic form in which it likely was originally written.
Parallel elements in the text of Isaiah are identified.
Alternative wordings based on the versions of the Isaiah text found in the Book of Mormon, the Joseph Smith Translation, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible are provided. Where changes have been made, the alternative wording has been bracketed and footnoted to the source.
In addition, the clear and readable commentary clarifies archaic words, explicates difficult passages, and explains the prophet’s distinctive language, metaphors, and poetic forms.
Whether you are an Isaiah scholar or an interested reader, you will find Understanding Isaiah delivers on its promise to help readers understand more clearly what otherwise might appear to be impenetrable.
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