This week we have added Dr. Avraham Gileadi’s translation of Isaiah. During his Ph.D. program, Dr. Gileadi translated the text of Isaiah into modern English, with annotations from the Dead Sea Scroll of Isaiah, 1Qsa, and the Greek Septuagint Version, LXX, and published it with analyses of Isaiah’s literary patterns uncovered during a decade of postdoctoral research.
This has made the text more readable than the KJV of Isaiah, and there are valuable inclusions and explanations available making this a big help in studying Isaiah.
So here is how to get started after adding the book to your library.
First, add this valuable resource to your library using the “Manage” button in their library view. Check the box next to “Isaiah Institute Translation,” and click save.
In every chapter you can read and make notes as usual, but you can also access the other resources we link to. There are 4 great introductory videos taken from Dr. Gileadi’s work which help to give readers a high level overview of Isaiah’s structure and the way he encodes things. Then each chapter also links to the audio commentary by Dr. Gileadi for that chapter, and a website link to access the text and other features at the Isaiah Explained website.
On that website you can find numerous resources to better understand Isaiah. Being able to record your insights in Scripture Notes will be helpful for long-term storage so you always have access to them.
One thing we note in the About section, is Dr. Gileadi has identified a poetic structure to Isaiah and in places where that exists, he has indented the text to show that structure. We attempted to do this but ran into issues with highlighting and removing highlights in our application messing with the structure, so he allowed us to proceed and we’ve done a middle ground where verses indented slightly (as the green arrow shows above) are verses that contained poetic structure.
Here’s an example. In Isaiah 1 you can see verses 2-4 here are indented with structure. Our verse 2 above just has a block indentation.
You can also observe in this comparison some of the word improvements as you compare versions.
We hope this addition will spur many of you to make a serious study of Isaiah. Paying the price to understand this book and learn how to search the scriptures for meaning within the prophecy of this great prophet, will be invaluable to you in these last days.
The Savior said:
3 Nephi 23
1 And now, behold, I say unto you, that ye ought to search these things. Yea, a commandment I give unto you that ye search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah.
2 For surely he spake as touching all things concerning my people which are of the house of Israel; therefore it must needs be that he must speak also to the Gentiles.
3 And all things that he spake have been and shall be, even according to the words which he spake.
If you are unfamiliar with what Scripture Notes can do, I invite you to watch this video showing the feature set from early 2023.
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