Isaiah 52 in the Book of Mormon: Notes on Isaiah's Reception History

Joseph M Spencer

Abstract


Despite increasing recognition of the importance of Mormonism to American religion, little attention has been given to the novel uses of Isaiah in foundational Mormon texts. is paper crosses two lines of inquiry: the study of American religion, with an eye to the role played in it by Mormonism, and the study of Isaiah’s reception history. It looks at the use of Isa  52:7-10 in the Book of Mormon, arguing that that volume exhibits four irreducibly distinct approaches to the interpretation of Isaiah, the interrelations among which are explicitly meant to speak to nineteenth-century American Christianity. 


Keywords


Reception History; Mormonism; The Book of Mormon; Isaiah; Biblical Hermeneutics; American Religion

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11157/rsrr6-2-707