A goodly portion of my daily scripture study over the past 10-15 years has included a serious effort to better understand the teachings of Isaiah by creating my own version of his entire book. I began with the KJV in black ink; I brought up explanatory footnotes and inserted them exactly at the word/phrase they enlarged upon, in red ink; I inserted many of the comments of Cleon Skousen from his verse by verse commentary ("Isaiah Speaks To Modern Times) in purple ink (he offers more historical insight than any other author I have read); I inserted BOM differences from the KJV in green ink; I inserted many comments from Monte Nyman ("Great Are the Words of Isaiah") in brown ink; and finally many D&C relevant quotes in blue ink. I read from Isaiah every day. The insertions are very helpful. I'm actually just beginning to understand a little about what's going on. In short, a casual, infrequent approach to Isaiah probably won't work, at least it didn't for me.. Everyone's approach is different. Find one that works for you. The key is: STICK WITH IT EVERY DAY! Pray for understanding every day. Line upon line, here a little and there a little, the pieces begin to fit together.
I have taught Gospel Doctrine classes for nearly 11 years, in 2 wards. I always dreaded teaching Isaiah and 2 Nephi until I read, Understanding Isaiah by Parry, Parry & Petersen. I literally "fell in love" with Isaiah. I recommend the book to anyone who wants to understand these scriptures.
I have spent quite a few months studying Isaiah every morning using an amazing commentary that I found called "Isaiah: Times of Fulfillment." Ivan Sandersen quotes the Parry's and everyone else who has written about Isaiah. It is an 8 x 10, 2 " thick, over 600 page long commentary with cross references, explanations of code language, as explained above in the article, quotes from our prophets, chiasmus, typology and more than I can ever relate. I highly recommend this wonderful book For anyone on FB, it has a page. Thank you for a great article. I now want to study what I have studied. There is so much in Isaiah. I loved every morning of study. What a brilliant man Isauag was. He foresaw so much!
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