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Reading Nephi Reading Isaiah: Reading 2 Nephi 26-27 Paperback – December 1, 2011

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  • Age Range: 1 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Salt Press LLC (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983963614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983963615
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,881,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alan R. Goff on February 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book performs the necessary work of subjecting the Book of Mormon to a close reading. Applying the contemporary readers' presuppositions (that it is ancient or modern, that it is a divine revelation of some type, that it is the product of Joseph Smith's mind or the American frontier, that it is a work of religious imagination: whatever the presuppositions) to the Book of Mormon is inescapable, but this collection of essays does what has only infrequently been attempted: a line-by-line, word-by-word reading to see how the book incorporates the text of Isaiah and updates that text for a new generation's understanding. The Book of Mormon calls this "likening" the scriptures to ourselves, and these readers explore what this likening might mean. Like the old dry bones in Isaiah that must have new life breathed into them to be revived and relevant, Nephi resurrects the Isaiah text as these readers do by likening them to modern times. In the hands of skilled readers, this likening of Isaiah by Nephi, and then Nephi by contemporary readers reveals new layers of meaning in the text that we hadn't noted before.

Focusing on just two chapters of First Nephi, the essays do essentially what Nephi himself is doing in appropriating Isaiah, reworking the concepts in Isaiah, and updating them using the spirit of prophecy. Also like Nephi, these essays take up the text actively rather than passively, and ask questions about what a passage might mean despite the fact that we always already thought we knew so we didn't need to ask the question.
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More About the Author

Joseph M. Spencer is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at the University of New Mexico. In addition to authoring books and essays, he is the associate director of the Mormon Theology Seminar and an associate editor of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies. With Adam S. Miller, he edits Groundwork: Studies in Theory and Scripture, a book series published by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.

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