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For anyone who has ever found it difficult to understand the teachings of the prophet Isaiah comes a powerful learning opportunity by Ann Madsen, beloved LDS scholar and educator. In Opening Isaiah - a DVD presentation filmed in the Holy Land - Ann teaches about Isaiah's profound prophecies in an easy-to-understand way and instills in viewers an appreciation for the writings of this beloved prophet and seer.
About the Author
Wife of Truman G. Madsen, Ann Madsen is the mother of three (plus an Indian foster son), and a grandmother of sixteen and great-grandmother of two and 7/9. Her hobbies include hiking, swimming, cooking, writing poetry, and photography. Ann received her BS Degree from the University of Utah, her MA degree from BYU in Ancient Studies with a minor in Hebrew. Her thesis was entitled, Melchizekek, the Man and the Tradition. Sister Madsen has been teaching Old Testament at BYU since 1976. She also teaches courses in New Testament and Isaiah and taught these at the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies between 1987 and 1993. She has recently completed a book entitled Making Their Own Peace: Twelve Women of Jerusalem which tells of 12 modern women who live or have lived through Jerusalem’s wars and have created their own peace. It will be published in New York in April 2003. She presently teaches three courses at BYU; Writings of Isaiah, The Life of Christ: the Gospels, Honors: Old Testament Roots of the Book of Mormon. Her church service has included: Mission Presidents’s wife (New England Mission 1962-65), Stake Relief Society President (BYU 8th Stake), and Jerusalem Branch Relief Society President 1991- 1993. She was on the Gospel Doctrine writing committee for the Church for 17 years. She is presently a Visiting Teacher in her ward and teaches 16 yr. and 17 yr. olds in Sunday School.
Loved it! A true master teacher's approach to Isaiah!
by Nathan - reviewed on December 16, 2011
This valuable DVD presentation helps you make the meaningful connections yourself in Isaiah, and that's what I most loved about it. It's not telling you verse by verse how and what to understand, but like a true teacher, Madsen invites you into Isaiah's world so you are equipped to grasp it on your own terms when you read. We need more like this, equipping us to learn instead of trying to inform us with learning.
Absolutely a Stunning Gem
by Glen & Ann - reviewed on June 22, 2012
How does one pay enough homage to such a great example of outstanding video making? Yes, this DVD bears the Madsen hallmark of delightful excellence. Sister Madsen's voice throughout is authoritative yet mild. The production values--well, you just have to see them. But it is Sister Madsen's inspired narrative that makes this a stunning Must Have for me. She really does "open" the book. She gives priceless keys that make Isaiah a treasure.
first rate, lots of special insights
by Customer - reviewed on October 02, 2011
I love Truman Madsen's “guided tour” style DVDs. Also, I love the book of Isaiah. It was an easy decision to try the new Ann Madsen DVD. I am glad I bought it. I especially like the scene where she gives a tour of a full size version of Solomon’s temple, as it was in the days of Isaiah. After a minute, I realized that the temple was animated. The animation is as good as found in major motion pictures. Ann’s presentation is loaded with her special insight. I highly recommend it. In fact, I intend to give a few as Christmas gifts.