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Understanding the Book of MormonA Reader's Guide$
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Grant Hardy

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199731701

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731701.001.0001

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Prophets of Old

Prophets of Old

Scriptural Interpretation

(p.58) 3 Prophets of Old
Understanding the Book of Mormon

Grant Hardy (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The second half of Nephi's account consists of sermons and prophecies, many of which are derived from Isaiah. Several chapters from the King James Version of Isaiah are quoted at length, but with modifications. Within the narrative frame of the Book of Mormon, Nephi is presented as an interpreter of scripture, who adds glosses and reinterprets the biblical prophecies as applying to his own family. Nephi also lifts key phrases from Isaiah and works them into novel predictions concerning his descendants, the Book of Mormon, and the cultural context of its eventual publication (nineteenth-century America). Non-biblical prophecies ascribed to Joseph of Egypt are given particular weight as well, and Nephi reports a vision of his own that might be classified as an apocalypse.

Keywords:   Nephi, prophecy, King James Version, Isaiah, scripture, interpretation, glosses, Joseph, Bible, apocalypse

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