2 Nephi 27:6-12

3 Nephi 27: 6-12

Here goes an attempt at reading these verses. You knew, didn’t you, that I wouldn’t be able to resist speculation? As such, I know this needs more thought and fine tuning, and perhaps more explanation about some of my own assumptions. But I am responding as closely as I can to the text itself and the clues it provides. I believe that what distinguishes a good misreading from a bad one, among other things, is that it tries to respond to the textual clues about reading that the text itself provides. We can consider such clues the metatext of the text. And Nephi provides a great many such clues. That seems to be the essence of what we can learn from Nephi’s use of Isaiah—it hints at what it means to read the Book of Mormon itself and perhaps how to do so. Continue Reading »


2 Nephi 26:32-27:5

The discussion so far has yielded the following structure for the second half or so (beginning with verse 20) of 2 Nephi 26 (plus 2 Nephi 27:1): Continue Reading »

This could be a positively terrible approach to summarizing a discussion, but I don’t feel quite comfortable making “conclusions” based on a few comments. So I’m going to post a condensed list of some discussion points for future reference. If anyone finds this approach particularly offensive, I’d be more than happy to make use of the nifty little “edit” option! Continue Reading »

2 Nephi 26:26-31

I have to admit that these verses entirely outstripped me. I’ve been hard pressed to find something overtly significant to talk about, so this post will likely be somewhat disjointed.

As far as structure goes, I see these six verses fleshing out two aspects of v. 25: “Behold, doth he cry unto any saying: Depart from me? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but he saith: Come unto me all ye ends of the earth, buy milk and honey, without money and without price.” I see two topics emerge: the all-inclusive nature of the gospel/Christ’s invitation (“Come unto me all ye ends of the earth”), and an economics (“buy milk and honey, without money and without price.”) Verses 26-28 deal with the first topic, and verses 29-31 deal with the second. Continue Reading »

2 Nephi 26:20-25

I freely admit that I’m one of the less experienced members of the panel, but I really am enjoying it and hope that my section will be able to spark the same fun discussion as the previous ones even if my initial reading isn’t as impressive.  Also, since we’ve established the context of Nephi’s writings, most of what I want to point out will be more topic oriented than context.  (I’m admitting to doing more hermeneutics than exegesis.) Continue Reading »

1.) The Righteous and Language

– In this section, both the wicked and the righteous are characterized by their relation to language. The wicked attempt to quiet language, but the words/prayers of the righteous refuse to be stilled. Continue Reading »