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Many scholars have noted that the Book of Isaiah can be divided into two major sections. Chapters 1-39 are characterized by doom, focusing predominantly on God’s judgments against Israel and her neighbors. Chapters 40-66 are characterized by hope with Israel’s future gathering and redemption at its nucleus. It may seem odd then that in an attempt to cause his reader to “rejoice for all men”, the prophet Nephi quoted Isaiah 2-14, the beginning of “the book of doom.”
President Ezra Taft Benson gave this important reminder regarding the responsibility of a prophet and the frequent response of the people to his words: "As the prophet reveals the truth, it divides the people. The honest in heart heed his words, but the unrighteous either ignore the prophet or fight him.
The book of Hosea is a grand parable of the Atonement of the Savior Jesus Christ. Its primary purpose is to illustrate how far-reaching is that Atonement and to entice us back into the arms of our Savior’s love. One key to understanding this book is in the name of the prophet who wrote it: Hosea means “the Salvation.”
Hezekiah is known as being, after David, the greatest king in Israelite times. Are there any archaeological remains of his reign in Jerusalem? (Supplement to Gospel Doctrine Lesson 30).
How does reading the book of Psalms in its ancient context change its meaning? (Supplement to Gospel Doctrine Lesson 25).
N. Eldon Tanner, former member of the Quorum of the Twelve and First Presidency, once said: "It has ever been so, the chosen of the Lord must serve an apprenticeship in suffering even as Job, Paul, and Christ himself." But why is it man must suffer? Why trials, tribulations, and adversity?