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Prophets of Old

Grant Hardy

in Understanding the Book of Mormon

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199731701
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777167 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731701.003.0003
Prophets of Old

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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

Chapter.  13587 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; East Asian Religions

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