Understanding Isaiah

by Jay A. Parry, Donald W. Parry

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What is it about the writings of Isaiah that causes many of us to be overcome by feelings of dread and trepidation? With this new book, no student of the Bible or Book of Mormon has need to fear. In Understanding Isaiah, the authors break down the otherwise formidable words of Isaiah into small bites that can be absorbed, pondered, and comprehended. Unlike other works on Isaiah, this book goes beyond commentary and actually includes the verses of text comprising not only the King James Version of the Bible but also the Joseph Smith Translation and the Book of Mormon, presenting the most correct translation available today. The text is presented in the same couplet format as it was likely originally written. The authors examine each unit of thought individually, likening it to our modern-day life and presenting definitions and explanations of meaning based on thorough study of the Hebrew language. The result is a comprehensive, accessible reference work that imparts readers an unprecedented understanding of Isaiah.

About the Authors

Jay A. Parry

In addition to co-authoring several books, Jay A. Parry has published numerous articles on Church-related subjects. He has also presented a series of classes at BYU Education Week on the subject of daily miracles. He and his wife, Vicki, live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Donald W. Parry

Donald W. Parry, a professor of the Hebrew Bible at Brigham Young University holds the Abraham O. Smoot Professorship. For nearly twenty years he has served as a member of the prestigious international team of translators of the Dead Sea Scrolls and is the author or coauthor of more than thirty books and numerous articles on the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He has coauthored with his brother, Jay A. Parry, several books for Latter-day Saints, including Understanding Isaiah, Understanding the Signs of the Times, and most recently, Symbols and Shadows: Unlocking a Deeper Understanding of the Atonement. Brother Parry, who has served in the Church as a bishop, a temple worker, and high councilor, is a popular speaker at BYU Education Week. He and his wife, Camille Parry, are the parents of six children.

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Understanding Isaiah
By , Submitted on 2018-01-31

I have three books on the Book of Isaiah. This is my "go to" book. I love how it takes the chapters verse by verse. I bought one for myself. I also bought one as a gift for a dear friend.

My favorite Isaiah resource!
By , Submitted on 2017-11-20

Once I decided I wanted to understand Isaiah, I purchased a stack of books to help me figure it all out. I read them all, studied as much as I could, and ended with this last book on my shelf. It is this book that has become my companion in reading and rereading Isaiah and coming to love it! I don’t need the other books , as Understanding Isaiah does the job nicely!! I use the hard bound version. I keep it close. It is the perfect resource with great documentation and insights that decider the parts of Isaiah I cannot understand without guidance. Awesome purchase!

Useful tool for applying Isaiah to us
By , Submitted on 2016-08-02

This is a great resource for a book that is tricky to understand. It is evident that the authors did extensive research and drew from their backgrounds in areas like LDS gospel doctrine and Biblical Hebrew. The book is very organized and easy to follow. One thing I especially like is how each chapter starts with an explanation on how it can apply to us today. I think there is something here for both scholars and average members.

Understanding Isaiah
By , Submitted on 2016-06-27

This is a significant study on Isaiah--very well researched. I appreciate the parallelisms, the comments and insights, and the verse by verse study. Every page was helpful and now when I have questions about Isaiah, I turn to this work.

More a hindrance than a help due to a hastily put together book
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

While the book has some valuable insights on it there are too many cases where it seems, the authors only half researched a subject resulting in making it more difficult to gain a proper understanding of the message Isaiah is trying to share.

Ebook not the same as paperback
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

In the print version of the book, the authors do an extensive job of comparing parallelisms and use different fonts like italics and underlining to highlight these words. In the ebook, there aren't any of these highlights. Not much point in getting the ebook.

An Acme of Lds Scholarship
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I thoroughly recommend this book to everyone. The three authors of this book have done a tremendous job putting together, in one volume, a tour de force of faith promoting scholarship. The book contains the text of Isaiah with linguistical emmendations where necessary (Dr. Parry is Professor of Hebrew at BYU) and a commentary on key verses. The reader is met with Hebrew insights, doctrinal teaching from restoration scripture, and application teachings. This work is a credit to the LDS community.

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