Friday, November 18, 2011

1 Nephi 19-20

1. The book motif is back.

2. 19:13 interesting that the apostates in Jerusalem don't ask for signs -- they reject signs and wonders.  Reminds me of Isaiah 7, where Ahaz is told to ask for a sign, refuses, and is given one anyway (and remember that the DSS copy of Isaiah has "ask a sign of the mother of the Lord", in response to which "the" Virgin shall conceive, etc...

3. Trying to read the Isaiah passages strictly for how they might sound to Laman and Lemuel.  20:6 really resonates differently for me now -- about showing us "new" and "hidden things".  And of course the end of the chapter sounds themes of fleeing the wickedness of civilization, and the Exodus.

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