Just out of curiosity, who's Robert K. Smith? I think the value of Gileadi is threefold: 1) he produces an explanation of the redaction of Isaiah which produces a unified Isaiah and therefore confounds the normative secular scholarly assumption that there were 3 Isaiahs; 2) his description of types helps us "liken the words of Isaiah to our day" and get around the confusion that arises when he refers to *contemporary* events; and 3) fwiw it raises our stature in the eyes of non-LDS scholars. His book on the Literary Message of Isaiah got blurbed by none other than David Noel Freedman, co-general editor of the Anchor Bible and one of the world's leading biblical scholars.
Where Gileadi got himself into trouble is in trying to identify a Davidic personage in these latter days (something remarkably like what Pratt tries to do, in a way). But I think Gileadi needs to be read in balance with other commentaries. I've been told by several people that one of the best LDS commentaries on Isaiah is Parrys' "Understanding Isaiah," which I decided to order. I'd read some other commentaries and always came away unsatisfied. "Elmer L. Fairbank" wrote: > At 15:57 9/27/2002 -0800, BLT wrote: > > >Amen! Surprisingly, those who most resemble your characterization are > >members of what I call the online Isaiah cult. They reverence the > >writings of Gileadi and some guy in SLC named Robert K. Smith above the > >teachings of the prophets. > > I have a deep respect for the insights of Brother Gileadi. Cult, not here, > thank you. I don't agree with all of his interpretations, but he has given > me information that helps me to real all of scripture with a better eye, > looking carefully at the literary techniques that are all over, and for > that, I thank him heartily. I'm reading Nibley right now and gaining a > great respect for his insights also. Is there a Nibley cult following too? > > Till > > ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// > /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// > /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// > ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// > -- Marc A. Schindler Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." --Michelangelo Buonarroti Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the author solely; its contents do not necessarily reflect those of the authorís employer, nor those of any organization with which the author may be associated. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^^=============================================================== This email was sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^^===============================================================