Specifically in 2 Nephi 25:19 he says: "His name shall be Jesus Christ, the Son of God." And the a prophecies which he wrote, there are not many greater. [That is, both the example of a serpent healing and blood washing white seem paradoxical, so what is the explanation?] For if you shall understand this, you shall likewise perceive that the name of Him who said to Moses "for my name is in him' was Jesus. It's here that Nephi starts referring the, from here on, but earlier he's always called the, , which means the same thing, of course--. Then, in the MSS, known as the Life of Adam and Eve, we find an example of Christian doctrine much like that which Dr. Charlesworth had questioned being in the Book of Mormon. 2 Nephi 4. Others see it as a Christian work. The pattern they used in citing and interpreting Isaiah in the Book of Mormon may be standardized as follows: C. Quotation of parts of the text and interpretation of the passage by explaining and defining terms. . His Name Shall Be Jesus Christ, the Son of God: According to Hugh Nibley, there were many false Messiahs, and the Jews got all excited about them because they had missed the real one. 2 Nephi 5. It is clear then that he understood the divine import of the name of Christ. When it comes to support of “preposition of time,” the second definition seems to fit. [Hugh W. Nibley, Teachings of the Book of Mormon, Semester 1, pp. 25 Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy. Again we see where the things which seemed so far out and ridiculous in Joseph Smith's day, are the very things which now prove him a true prophet of God. A careful analysis of the above texts will disclose at least twenty separate conditions which had to be met in order to make these prophecies come true. [David Rolph Seely, "Nephi's Use of Isaiah 2-14 in 2 Nephi 12-30," in. 152-160], 2 Nephi 25-30 (Isaiah's and Nephi's Theme of Pride) [Illustration]: Table 1. 2 Nephi 29:3 A Bible! After quoting thirteen consecutive chapters of Isaiah's writings in 2 Nephi 12-24 (Isaiah 2-14), Nephi begins to prophesy "in plainness." (Source: Donald W. Parry, "Nephi's Keys to Understanding Isaiah (2 Nephi 25:1-8)," in Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, ed. Scholars date these writings from between the Second Century B.C. 2 Nephi 9. In later times Jehoshua was called Joshua or Jeshua, whence came the Greek form, (Jesus in English) which is always used in the Greek version of the Old Testament current in the time of Christ. 2 Nephi 10. These thirteen chapters of Isaiah are quoted to supply Isaiah as a third witness to the things that Nephi and Jacob have said (see 2 Nephi 11:3). Table 3 (see illustration) outlines Nephi's progression through the group's reactions to the Messiah and the gospel, giving representative passages of their attitudes and action. Give heed to him, and obey him; do not disobey him; for he will not draw back from you; for my name is in him.' Because in it Isaiah, who lived before 700, , about 100 years before Nephi began the Book of Mormon record, was shown in visions and while being guided through the seven heavens the birth of the Savior - whom he says will be named Jesus Christ, and whose mother will be a virgin named Mary! The Second Book of Nephi (/ ˈ n iː f aɪ /), usually referred to as Second Nephi or 2 Nephi, is the second book of the Book of Mormon.The original translation of the title did not include the word "second". The key is ambivalent meaning. [Note* Moses was a symbol of Joseph Smith & Christ: see the commentary on 2 Nephi 3:9.] , ed. . . . In this earth we must pass through the serpent; we go to the lowest stage. [David Rolph Seely, "Nephi's Use of Isaiah 2-14 in 2 Nephi 12-30," in Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, pp. That, of course, is a translation meaning "Jesus" (the Savior) and "Christ" (the Messiah, the, One). gave unto Moses power that he should heal the nations after they have been bitten by the poisonous serpents, if they would cast their eyes unto the serpent which he did raise up before them . . The most important recorded evidence comes from the great Christian historian Eusebius. Now that we have “muddied the water” concerning the meaning of the word Jew, perhaps we should turn our discussion specifically to the chapter which I have been asked to discuss-2 Nephi 25. Nephi describes how the Messiah will present himself to each of these peoples and how in each case the main reason for their rejection of the Messiah and his gospel is pride. 2 Nephi 15. 91-92], Note* Thus we see that it is Jesus (Joshua) who leads the children of Israel (the children of Christ) into the Promised Land. That set of interpretive sayings continues on until the end of chapter 30. This also supports the Book of Mormon declaration that "many plain and precious parts" had been removed from the Scriptures. . . 2 For behold, he truly prophesied concerning all his seed. The Book of Mormon is a collection of ancient records created, compiled, and abridged by holy prophets.2 Rather than simply telling about the past experiences of their people, these inspired prophets always carefully selected and presented historical material in a way that would build faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. And my brother, Jacob, also has seen him as I have seen him; wherefore, I will send their words forth unto my children to prove unto them that my words are true. There are two serpents facing each other on the cross. With Healing in His Wings – 3 Nephi 25:1-3 (12/23/2018) Behold, I Will Send You Elijah, the Prophet – 3 Nephi 25:4-6 (1/1/2018) He Shall Turn the Heart of the Fathers to the Children – 3 Nephi 25:5-6 (11/4/2016) He Shall Turn the Heart of the Fathers to the Children – 3 Nephi 25:5-6 (11/2… "Behold they will crucify him; and after he is laid in a sepulchre for the space of three days he shall rise from the dead, with healing in his wings." You must pass through the serpent. It's a very interesting thing--only the early parts of the Book of Mormon refer to the Messiah. In view of this criticism one might ask, Is there any evidence in the ancient scriptures or writings to support the claim that the name of Jesus Christ, and also the name of his mother Mary was known and recorded by the ancient prophets? . . He picked it up and made it his symbol. ( 2 Nephi 2:25) Heavenly Father wants us to be happy. I will remember that Heavenly Father wants me to be happy and will take the time to appreciate the people that matter most in my life, and to find joy at home. Nephi uses these chapters to explain some of the words of Isaiah that he included in the previous chapters. And he prophesied concerning us, and our future generations; and they are written upon the b plates of brass. 2 Nephi 25:19 The Messiah Cometh . concerning Isaiah? There were two serpents copulating on a staff. The statements made by Nephi earlier, and King Benjamin's proclamation that an angel from God had revealed to him the name of Jesus Christ, and that his mother's name would be Mary, more than a hundred years before the birth of Christ, has been cited by critics of Joseph Smith, and the Book of Mormon, as proof that the book is a forgery, and a fraud, plagiarized from the Bible, and that Joseph Smith was a false prophet. the Jews: In speaking about the prophecies of Isaiah, Nephi mentions that, "Isaiah spake many things which were hard for many of my people to understand; for they know not concerning the manner of prophesying among the Jews" (2 Nephi 25:1). One is life and the other is death, and you must have both--this opposition in all things. Anyway, the ambivalence of the serpent is very ancient, and it's a symbol that was understood by the ancients. Table 2 also shows that the theme of pride is an important and recurring theme throughout the Isaiah passages that Nephi quotes. Happiness is found at home (“Hallmarks of a Happy Home,” General Conference, October 1988). Ask: According to 2 Nephi 25:1, why All rights reserved. This is reflected in one of the temple hymns found in the Bible, Psalm 24, which Donald W. Parry has suggested may relate to a prayer circle:166, Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? . . And the oil of mercy shall be life. [David Rolph Seely, "Nephi's Use of Isaiah 2-14 in 2 Nephi 12-30," in Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, pp. . . 2 Nephi 25:1, 2, 6 They Know Not Concerning the Manner of . . After quoting thirteen consecutive chapters of Isaiah's writings in 2 Nephi 12-24 (Isaiah 2-14), Nephi begins to prophesy "in plainness." [David Rolph Seely, "Nephi's Use of Isaiah 2-14 in 2 Nephi 12-30," in Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, p. 154], 2 Nephi 25-30 (Isaiah's and Nephi's Theme of Pride) [Illustration]: Table 2. These Isaiah chapters are then interpreted by Nephi in 2 Nephi 25-30. 2 Nephi 11. . This name was borne by the illustrious successor of Moses who brought the children of Israel into the promised land (Exodus 24:13). The theme of pride is also central to Nephi's own prophecy in 2 Nephi 25-30, which prophesies the futures of the Jews, the Lehites, and the Gentiles. Have students read 2 Nephi 25:1–8 looking for Nephi’s insights on how to understand Isaiah. 9- 10). Following the publication of the Book of Mormon, in 1830, many ancient manuscripts and writings have been discovered which prove the accounts given in the Book of Mormon to be a true record, and also prove that this remnant of Joseph did, indeed, have the records, plates, and writings of the ancient prophets of Israel, including the writings of Joseph. For the other five definitions, let’s see how that might work for 2 Nephi 25:23: “We are saved by grace behind in place after all we can do”—this doesn’t fit. In this paper, I build on the work of these and other scholars. It's explained [scripturally] in the Book of Mormon and nowhere else what these things mean. What is the point of that? Aesculapius founded it, but it was originally the staff of Hermes. But then he added that what we need to bring what we gain from the sabbath and from the temple into our own homes. He calls him Christ from here on, but earlier he's always called the Messiah, which means the same thing, of course--the Anointed One. Even something like the Fall of Adam and Eve, which appears to be a failure and a tragedy, turns out to be part of God’s plan of happiness. 2 Nephi 11. The Theme of Pride in 2 Nephi 12-14 (Parallel to Isaiah 2-14). That is the only time this phrase appears in scripture. That’s the message I get from this verse. Is Nephi telling us we need to do more than we are doing or is he simply saying to do your best? The serpent, of course, is the most ambivalent of emblems. Isaiah's Prophecies in 2 Nephi 12-24, Parallel to Isaiah 2-14 / Nephi's Prophecies in 2 Nephi. President Thomas S. Monson also identified the home as a central component of a happy life: Happiness does not consist of a glut of luxury, the world’s idea of a “good time.” Nor must we search for it in faraway places with strange-sounding names. 2 Nephi 5. . Obviously, the reason the Egyptians take the serpent as a symbol of resurrection is that it sheds its skin and becomes really new and shiny every year. All the episcopal staves and patriarchal staves of the Orient and the old eastern churches have the two serpents. 2 Nephi 7 [JST of Isaiah 50 . Provo, Utah: FARMS, 1998, 47-65) [John W. Welch and J. Gregory Welch, Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching, F.A.R.M.S., commentary for Chart 84], 2 Nephi 25:1 For they know not concerning the manner of prophesying among the Jews (Illustration): Chart: Five Keys to Understanding Isaiah Given in 2 Nephi 25. (Source: Donald W. Parry, "Nephi's Keys to Understanding Isaiah (2 Nephi 25:1-8)," in. [Alan C. Miner, Personal Notes], 2 Nephi 25:13 After he is laid in a sepulchre for the space of three days he shall rise from the dead (Illustration): He Is Risen. It's very clear among the Hopis in the snake dance. [Randall Spackman, "An Introduction to Book of Mormon Chronology," F.A.R.M.S., p. 12], Note* If Nephi wrote this verse at the most between 40 and 55 years after Lehi left Jerusalem (Jacob 1:1), what does immediately really mean in terms of days, months, or years? There is much evidence to prove both of these statements to be true. 2 Nephi 17. . [That is, both the example of a serpent healing and blood washing white seem paradoxical, so what is the explanation?] 328-329] [Note* For a discussion on the symbolism of blood turning a garment white, see the commentary on 2 Nephi 5:21.] Hugh Nibley asks, "Can someone please explain to us how he could heal them by the serpent if they had been made mortally ill by the bite of a serpent?" According to Donald Parry, the expression "the spirit of prophecy" belongs almost exclusively to the Book of Mormon, being listed there more than twenty times, against one single attestation of the quote, or phrase, in the bible (found in Revelation 19:10). 25:6). Some believe it to be of Jewish origin and to be derived from a genuine original. 159-160]. Isaiah's Prophecies in 2 Nephi 12-24, Parallel to Isaiah 2-14 / Nephi's Prophecies in 2 Nephi. This name was borne by the illustrious successor of Moses who brought the children of Israel into the promised land (Exodus 24:13). You know the caduceus is the two serpents intertwined, which is the sign of the healer. 2 Nephi 25-27 (Nephi's Commentary on Isaiah, Chapter 29): According to Cleon Skousen, one of the greatest treasures in the Book of Mormon is Nephi's inspired commentary on Isaiah, chapter 29, which is contained in 2 Nephi, chapters 25-27. . [Hugh W. Nibley, Teachings of the Book of Mormon, p. 328], Note* Anointing is not only the manner in which a king is elevated to his position, it is also the manner in which a person is healed--see the commentary following this by Hugh Nibley on 2 Nephi 25:20. the definition of the phrase, as presented in scripture, has reference to the testimony of Jesus. (Book 1, pp. (2 Corinthians 3:14) [, -- 1 Nephi 22:9; see also the commentary on the name. He picked it up and made it his symbol. Definition of the most important recorded evidence comes from the time my Father left Jerusalem: is the of! It changed, I ’ m pondering what I can do to find happiness in home. 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