Imo, the book of Isaiah can not be completely understood without 
understanding Hebraic literary devices and techniques. The book of Isaiah 
is full of the "things of the Jews." This is where Gileadi's material on 
this subject becomes invaluable. There is a lot more to Isaiah than a few 
metaphors and simple chiastic structures thrown in. A few of these 
interpretive devices of the Jews are, in the words of Gileadi, "types and 
shadows, allegorical language, literary patterns, underlying structures, 
parallelisms, double meanings, key words, code names, and other mechanical 
tools." Is Gileadi's work the last word on this subject? Not by a long 
shot. The FARMS people noted that Gileadi, for whatever reason, was 
selective in his material and failed to include some literary devices in 
his book, _The Book of Isaiah: A New Translation With Interpretive Keys 
 From The Book Of Mormon_. Yet, I see his works as being but the beginning 
of much fascinating research into understanding Isaiah after the "manner of 
the Jews" and consider his above mentioned book a cornerstone in this 
research.

--
Steven Montgomery

At 03:58 PM 9/26/2002, you wrote:
>Since we are doing Isaiah in Gospel Doctrine class, I thought I might get 
>some input from the better read list members here.  Here is a short list 
>of authors and titles taken from a FARMS review.  Have any of you read any 
>of them?  What did you think of it?  Would you like to read some of them? 
>Which ones? Are any of them without redeeming merit?  I am particularly 
>interested in opinions about Skousen and Gileadi since they seem to be so 
>controversial.  I have never met a scholar or intellectual who admires the 
>scholarship of Skousen.
>
>---
>Bibliography by John S. Thompson in his review of Isaiah Plain and Simple 
>by Hoyt W. Brewster (from FARMS REVIEW OF BOOKS, Vol. 9, Num. 3, 1997)
>
>L. La Mar Adams, The Living Message of Isaiah (Salt Lake City: Deseret 
>Book, 1981).
>
>Avraham Gileadi, The Apocalyptic Book of Isaiah: A New Translation with 
>Interpretative Key (Provo, Utah: Hebraeus, 1982).
>
>Avraham Gileadi, The Book of Isaiah: A New Translation with Interpretive 
>Keys from the Book of Mormon (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1988).
>
>Avraham Gileadi, The Literary Message of Isaiah (New York: Hebraeus, 1994).
>
>H. Clay Gorton, The Legacy of the Brass Plates of Laban: A Comparison of 
>Biblical and Book of Mormon Isaiah Texts (Bountiful, Utah: Horizon, 1994).
>
>Victor L. Ludlow, Isaiah: Prophet, Seer, and Poet (Salt Lake City: Deseret 
>Book, 1982).
>
>Loren D. Martin, Isaiah: An Ensign to the Nations (Salt Lake City: 
>Valiant, 1982).
>
>Monte S. Nyman, Great Are the Words of Isaiah (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 
>1980).
>
>Mark E. Petersen, Isaiah for Today (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1981).
>
>David J. Ridges, Isaiah Made Easier (Springville, Utah: Copies Plus, 1991).
>
>W. Cleon Skousen, Isaiah Speaks to Modern Times (Salt Lake City: Ensign, 
>1984).
>
>John W. Redelfs                                    [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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>For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
>principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
>darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in
>high [places]. (Ephesians 6:12)
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>"All my opinions are tentative pending further data." --JWR
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