One of the keys to understanding Isaiah is understanding the manner of prophesying among the Jews (2 Nephi 25:1) and this is where Gileadi comes in as a literary analyst and one who has learned about the manner of prophesying among the Jews through his time spent in a rabbinical school in Jerusalem. He has expanded his research and as Truman Madsen said:
“Avraham Gileadi takes one by the hand to explain nuances of language, setting, and Jewish modes of thought. Suddenly Isaiah, a book foreign and opaque, becomes a book of light. Its prophetic intimacy is tied to the world around us and within us, and is full of meanings for the head and the heart.”
Hugh Nibley said of Gileadi:
“Dr. Gileadi is so thoroughly familiar with the book of Isaiah that he can set before us in straightforward, uncomplicated form a clear exposition of what it is all about. He gives the reader a sense of intimacy with Isaiah which is unique. …The work inspires reflection rather than contention. Above all it leads the reader into a spiritual state of mind that brings Isaiah to life.”
For what it’s worth, I’ll add my endorsement of his work. The tools and insights I have gained from Gileadi’s research have enabled me to approach Isaiah with confidence, on my own, to begin to understand why the Savior was so adamant that we search Isaiah’s words. I’m looking forward to attending these seminars to explore the wonderful words of Isaiah even more.
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The book Visions of Glory by John Pontius is an interesting read. I’ve read about 3/4 of it myself last summer and I found some of it very intriguing and other parts somewhat difficult to swallow, but I’m an open-minded guy. I enjoyed it more as I began to read it as a fictional account, because how can you prove what the guy did or didn’t see? What’s more, how can you be sure what parts were literal or what parts were figurative? From my own experience, it can be difficult to tell.
I was just talking with some one about a kind of near death experience last night and what he saw was very similar to an experience that I had. The prophet Joel said in the last days many would see dreams and visions because he would pour out his spirit (Joel 2:28), so I’m not so quick to discount them, but then again, I’m not so quick to just accept them at face value.
Instead of trying to apply a label of “true” or “false” to everything I encounter, I just try to draw from everything whatever the Spirit suggests is useful to me personally. I have found this to be an effective way for exploring all subjects and mining for truth amid the dross.
So this seminar seems to be Gileadi’s attempt to introduce people to Isaiah through what is currently a popular book among Latter-day Saints. I plan on checking out this Seminar to see for myself, it should be interesting.
This seminar is a 8 hour dive in to some really great stuff. I attended the second half of a similar seminar in St. George, UT last summer and really enjoyed it. I wish I could have been there for the whole thing. That was the first time I had met Gileadi face to face and found him to be a soft-spoken, humble man.
I love being around people who are passionate about their interests, especially when I am interested in the same things. I appreciate Gileadi’s scholarly approach that is careful to respect the text and understand what is being communicated. I’m excited to attend this Seminar as well, I think it will be really fun. It is a rare opportunity to attend something like this and I hope that others out there will be interested as well.