Opening Isaiah: A Harmony

by Shon D. Hopkin, Ann Madsen

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2019 Harvey B. And Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication award winner.

Opening Isaiah provides what has never before been provided to LDS readers. It brings all important versions of Isaiah—King James, Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith Translation, Dead Sea Scrolls, and the modern New Revised Standard Version—into comparison for readers to help them clearly see the similarities and differences in each one.

Readers can thus study Isaiah's writings with a focus on the inspired texts themselves. In addition to beautiful maps that guide the reader through the geography of Isaiah's day, the editors have carefully provided guidance in footnotes to untangle difficult passages, point to important symbolism, and reveal historical context. This book may become the most important resource on Isaiah you will ever purchase.

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Size11 x 8.5
PublishedDeseret Book and RSC BYU 2018

About the Authors

Shon D. Hopkin

Shon D. Hopkin is an associate professor of ancient scripture at BYU. He received a PhD in Hebrew studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Shon has published and presented many papers on Jewish concepts, Isaiah, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He edited a BYU Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book volume titled Abinadi. Shon also has a strong interest in interfaith outreach, understanding, and cooperation and served as president of the University of Texas Interfaith Council. He currently serves as the Associate Chair of Religious Outreach at BYU. Shon lives in Orem, UT with his wife, Jennifer, and four children.

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Ann Madsen

Wife of the late Truman G. Madsen, Ann Madsen is the mother of three (plus an Indian foster son), and a grandmother of sixteen and great-grandmother of 43, going on 44 (as of 2018). 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, Melchizedek, the Man and the Tradition. She has been teaching Old Testament at BYU since 1976. She presently teaches Writings of Isaiah. She also taught courses in New Testament and Isaiah both at the BYU­-Provo campus and at the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies, where she lived between 1987 and 1993. She is the author of Making Their Own Peace: Twelve Women of Jerusalem and the DVD Opening Isaiah.

Her church service has included: Mission President's wife (New England Mission 1962-65), Stake Relief Society President (BYU 8th Stake and later for seven years in the Provo Utah Sharon East Stake), and Jerusalem Branch Relief Society President 1991- 1993. She was on the Gospel Doctrine writing committee for the Church for 17 years. She served on the Sunday School General Board from 2009-2015 and is presently teaching a Gospel Doctrine class in her ward’s Sunday School. Her hobbies include swimming and cooking. She has been writing poetry most of her life. She loves researching her family’s history and the temple attendance that results from it.

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