"The Vision of All" - Isaiah and the Book of Mormon

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"The Vision of All" - Isaiah and the Book of Mormon

Post by Ann » 18 Feb 2017, 18:48

https://bycommonconsent.com/2016/11/02/ ... more-84223
At any rate, say I’ve got two minutes with the president of the Warner Bros. to give him the elevator pitch for optioning Joe’s book for the big screen. My elevator pitch of Joe’s book is this: the Book of Mormon is a lure, a trick, an elaborate Trojan horse more than 2500 years in the making designed by God to sucker the human race into finally reading Isaiah.

The Book of Mormon is the world’s most extravagant booby trap, a trap entirely designed to trick us into reading and understanding the one part of the Bible that nobody wants to read. The Book of Mormon itself is the cherry-flavored shell, the chocolate glaze, the spoon full of sugar designed to make Isaiah finally go down. Because only what God reveals there can save us and only what God promises there can heal our world.
This caught my eye because I enjoy the Isaiah chapters. (Not saying I understand them.)
"Preachers err by trying to talk people into belief; better they reveal the radiance of their own discovery." - Joseph Campbell

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust

"Therefore they said unto him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered and said unto them, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes...." - John 9:10-11

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Re: "The Vision of All" - Isaiah and the Book of Mormon

Post by Curt Sunshine » 18 Feb 2017, 18:53

I also enjoy the Isaiah chapters - and both agree with and laughed at the quote. :D
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Re: "The Vision of All" - Isaiah and the Book of Mormon

Post by DarkJedi » 11 Mar 2017, 08:16

As I have stated in a couple other places, I have recently undertaken an intense (for me) study of Isaiah. I am using the Oxford Annotated Bible (NRSV) and online resources (principally the commentaries and other translations found at Bible Hub). I have found my study enlightening and worthwhile, and I do understand what's going on - and it's not what most Mormons (and other Christians) think. other than the idea that what Isaiah says in the first 13 chapters are applicable across time, I'm not sure why they're quoted in the BoM.
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Once there was a gentile...who came before Hillel. He said "Convert me on the condition that you teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot." Hillel converted him, saying: That which is despicable to you, do not do to your fellow, this is the whole Torah, and the rest is commentary, go and learn it."

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