Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



Book of Mormon studies, Isaiah studies, 2 Nephi, Abinadi, Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, Donald W. Parry, John W. Welch


The richness and depth of Isaiah's teachings are often seen as barriers to understanding his words. Scholars devote their entire careers to the study of Isaiah's writings and never run low on questions to answer, interpretations to ponder, or teachings to explore and expound on. It is widely felt that the Isaiah passages quoted by Nephi, Jacob, Abinadi, and the resurrected Lord are the most difficult sections of the Book of Mormon to understand. Isaiah was commanded by the Lord to speak in such a way that his rebellious audience would "hear...but understand not" and would "see...but perceive not" (Isaiah 6:9).