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Textual Divisions in Isaiah and the BofM


David Bokovoy

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In terms of accuracy in the preservation of original meaning, the Masoretic tradition is always open for debate. Whether right or wrong, the Masoretic text demonstrates the liturgical and interpretive tradition of the Hebrew Bible passed down from antiquity.

But given that parashah spacing is a highly subjective process, as evidenced by the differences amongst various masoretic codices in some of the section divisions, why should we expect the breaks in any extant Isaiah scroll to match whatever set

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Perhaps he can explain why Isaiah 48 & 49 constitute a single literary unit and why Nephi had a sophisticated understanding of Isaiah's original meaning in these chapters.

Sure, this is an easy one.

The Dead Sea Scroll, IQIsa separates Isaiah 48 into two equal parts, vv 1-11 and 12-22. Note that this textual division reflects the form critical fact that Isaiah 48 contains two separate prophetic accusations calling Israel to listen to the Lord

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You should join my side Mola. I have peanuts.

Alas, Mortal Man has been shown to be wrong on just about every claim he has made here.

It should be worth noting that there is no reason whatsoever to assume that Nephi's literary units within Isaiah should match modern scholarly conceptions of literary units, since in the ancient world there were many different conceptions of literary units, and they often don't match modern conceptions.

Second, it should be noted that citations from Isaiah in ancient Jewish and Christian sources can be anything from an allusion, a word, a line, a verse or a passage. It was not the standard practice of ancient peoples to cite Isaiah based the literary units as they perceived them.

Finally, it is worth nothing that Nephi's commentary on Isaiah is far more nuanced and profound than most LDS realize, and far more sophisticated than the facile criticisms of the anti-Mormons.

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You should join my side Mola. I have peanuts.

Oh, I am gonna need more than peanuts to join your side. I need, at the very least, a pizza.

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Oh, I am gonna need more than peanuts to join your side. I need, at the very least, a pizza.

If that's all it takes, I'm on my way to the Pizza Pie Cafe in Provo and I'll pick you up a slice. I've never been, but from what I hear, it's all you can eat, including such novelties as the infamous Oreo cookie pizza.

Just sayin!

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I'll be interested to see if Rob agrees with this.

How could he not?!

It think it's time for an analogy...

And I'll match yours. This analogy is called "moving the goalposts." A kicker in football sends the ball directly through the uprights for a three point field goal, only to have the opponent move the posts once the kick has been made.

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How could he not?!

And I'll match yours. This analogy is called "moving the goalposts." A kicker in football sends the ball directly through the uprights for a three point field goal, only to have the opponent move the posts once the kick has been made.

This is truely great. David, you do have a sense of humor.

If that's all it takes, I'm on my way to the Pizza Pie Cafe in Provo and I'll pick you up a slice. I've never been, but from what I hear, it's all you can eat, including such novelties as the infamous Oreo cookie pizza.

I think we can be friends now. Not that we were enemies before.....

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Alas, Mortal Man has been shown to be wrong on just about every claim he has made here.

I have? I guess I missed it.

It should be worth noting that there is no reason whatsoever to assume that Nephi's literary units within Isaiah should match modern scholarly conceptions of literary units, since in the ancient world there were many different conceptions of literary units, and they often don't match modern conceptions.

Second, it should be noted that citations from Isaiah in ancient Jewish and Christian sources can be anything from an allusion, a word, a line, a verse or a passage. It was not the standard practice of ancient peoples to cite Isaiah based the literary units as they perceived them.

Can you provide an example of another source with such lengthy and extensive quotations from Isaiah? I can.

Finally, it is worth nothing that Nephi's commentary on Isaiah is far more nuanced and profound than most LDS realize, and far more sophisticated than the facile criticisms of the anti-Mormons.

Gandalf demonstrated a profound understanding of the scroll of Isildur, far more nuanced than most orcs realized, and far more sophisticated than the facile criticisms of Saruman.

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This analogy is called "moving the goalposts." A kicker in football sends the ball directly through the uprights for a three point field goal, only to have the opponent move the posts once the kick has been made.

I've never seen such a thing. I think that would be pretty hard to do. Can you point me to a YouTube video?

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I've never seen such a thing. I think that would be pretty hard to do. Can you point me to a YouTube video?

I probably can't show you a youtube video of David's scenario but I think I can find something equally entertainging.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iynjbm-al9Q

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I've never seen such a thing. I think that would be pretty hard to do. Can you point me to a YouTube video?

Well Historically... the Goal posts were indeed moved to the back of the endzone in 1927, then moved back again in 1932, only to be moved once again in 1974.

The goalposts were originally located on the goal line; this led to many injuries and sometimes interfered with play, and the NCAA moved the goal posts to the rear of the end zone in 1927. The NFL (still following NCAA rules at the time) followed suit, but moved the posts back to the goal line in 1932, where they remained until 1974. The Canadian game still has posts on the goal line.

Thus the phrase has gained popularity.

http://en.wikipedia....nadian_football)

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