The Small Plates of Manchester

2 Nephi 15: Cords of Vanity

2 Nephi 15 tweet: The Lord’s vineyard 2b left desolate. Wo x 6. Rotten roots & blossoms as dust. The Lord calls an army to carry Israel away captive.   Continue reading “2 Nephi 15: Cords of Vanity”


Readings for Advent

1. Jeremiah 23:5, Micah 5:2 – OT prophecies

2. Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6 – Prophecies of Isaiah

3. 1 Nephi 11:14,15,18–20 – Nephi’s vision Continue reading “Readings for Advent”

2 Nephi 12–14: Idols and Idlers

2 Nephi 14 tweet: 7:1 women 2 men. Holy remnant 2b left after judgement. Cloud by day, fire by night. Tabernacle will be a refuge. Continue reading “2 Nephi 12–14: Idols and Idlers”

2 Nephi 12–13: Let Us Beat Swords into Plowshares

2 Nephi 12 tweet: Lord’s house in mountain tops, no more learning war. HoJ full of Au + Ag + idols. Proud 2b brought low, idols abandoned. Cease ye from man.

2 Nephi 13 tweet: In that day Judah will b desperate for leaders. But nobody wants the job. Daughters of Z condemned 4 mincing + tinkling.   Continue reading “2 Nephi 12–13: Let Us Beat Swords into Plowshares”

2 Nephi 11: We Need to Talk About Isaiah

2 Nephi 11 tweet: N delights in words of Isa & likens 2 N-ites. N, Isa + J saw Redeemer – 3 witnesses. N delights in Christ & covenants. Continue reading “2 Nephi 11: We Need to Talk About Isaiah”

2 Nephi 10: It’s All Greek to Me

2 Nephi 10 tweet: Christ is His name. Jews 2b scattered but gathered again by Gentiles. Land is given to N-ites. Cheer up, choose life, b reconciled 2 God. Continue reading “2 Nephi 10: It’s All Greek to Me”

2 Nephi 9: Delight in Fatness

2 Nephi 9 tweet: Atonement delivers us from the monster. Man is vain, frail, foolish. Woe x10. Knock and He will open. Buy wine, milk w/out money. Rejoice!   Continue reading “2 Nephi 9: Delight in Fatness”

2 Nephi 9: O!

2 Nephi 9 is one of the most important chapters in the Book of Mormon concerning the doctrine of the Atonement of Christ. The chapter itself is long and there is a lot to work through – the context of the preceding Isaiah chapters, how it draws on other familiar imagery, the situation of the twice-exiled Nephites, just to name a few things to consider. As always, I don’t have the time or word count to really do the chapter justice, so rather than try and cram it all into one post, in this post I’ll cover the first half of the chapter with its focus on a doctrine of the flesh and Christ’s Atonement, and in the next post I’ll look at the second half of the chapter and its warnings against the wisdom of the world. Continue reading “2 Nephi 9: O!”

2 Nephi 6–8: Approaching Zion

2 Nephi 6 tweet: J reads Isa. Gentile (Pearly?) kings & queens will nurse Israel. Gentiles who dont fight Zion r also saved. God will fight for Israel.

2 Nephi 7 tweet: Has God sold Israel? Israel sold themselves but for a price God has bought Israel again. Walk in your own light, lie down in sorrow.

2 Nephi 8 tweet: God will comfort Zion. Israel pleads for God to awake and redeem them again. In turn God tells Zion to awake, put on strength & b free. Continue reading “2 Nephi 6–8: Approaching Zion”

2 Nephi 5: The Black Robes of a False Priesthood

2 Nephi 5 tweet: L&L plan to kill N. N takes Z + S + J&J + sisters (who knew?) and flees. N-ites prosper & build temple. L-ites cursed. J&J consecrated. Continue reading “2 Nephi 5: The Black Robes of a False Priesthood”

2 Nephi 4: Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad*

2 Nephi 4 tweet: L blesses L&L’s children. L&L R angry w/ N. N is conflicted and he sorrows. He recognises God’s mercy, prays and praises Him. Continue reading “2 Nephi 4: Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad*”

2 Nephi 3: Colonel Mustard

2 Nephi 3 tweet: L speaks 2 J. L from JofE. JofE prophesied of JS. JS will be like Moses & deliver Israel. JS to bring 4th BoM as a cry from the dust. Continue reading “2 Nephi 3: Colonel Mustard”

2 Nephi 2: East of Eden

2 Nephi 2 tweet: By law men R cut off. Needs 2B opposition in all things–man enticed but told dont partake. Adam fell, Messiah redeems, so men R free 2 act. Continue reading “2 Nephi 2: East of Eden”

2 Nephi 1: Wake Up Boo!

2 Nephi 1 tweet: Lh sees destruction of Jrsm. PL is inheritance for Lh seed. He tells L&L to wake up! Fix up, look sharp. He blesses L&L, S + Z. Continue reading “2 Nephi 1: Wake Up Boo!”

1 Nephi 21–22: The Isaiah Remix

1 Nephi 21 tweet: God speaks to scattered HoI. He will be a light to Gs. Rejoice, God will not forget HoI. He will set up standard & Gs will carry HoI home.

1 Nephi 22 tweet: N interprets Isa 4 L&L. HoI will be scattered. God will make known His covenants 2 Gs + HoI. GaAC will fall. Prophet will rise & gather HoI. Continue reading “1 Nephi 21–22: The Isaiah Remix”

1 Nephi 20: Furnace of Affliction

1 Nephi 20 tweet: Israel swears falsely but is refined + chosen. Righteousness = seed as sand. Jacob 2 leave Babylon and declare he is redeemed of the Lord. Continue reading “1 Nephi 20: Furnace of Affliction”

Still Lost in Translation

This post is longer than I anticipated, but along with the previous post it lays important groundwork for understanding how to handle difficult issues regarding the Book of Mormon text as they crop up from time to time. So I think it’s worth the work now. Continue reading “Still Lost in Translation”

Lost in Translation

Before I actually get to the text of 1 Nephi 20/Isaiah 48, I’m going to pause in a Words-of-Mormon-style interlude and address the potentially thorny issue of translation. Perhaps I should have done this at the beginning, but it’s the challenge of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, particularly “Deutero-Isaiah”, that means now seems like a good time to think about how the Book of Mormon authors used Isaiah and what role Joseph Smith played in the translation. Continue reading “Lost in Translation”

1 Nephi 19: Wise Purposes

1 Nephi 19 tweet: N makes 2 sets of plates. Prophets testify of Christ + scattering/gathering of Israel. N likens all scriptures to his family. Continue reading “1 Nephi 19: Wise Purposes”

1 Nephi 19: Little and Large

In chapter 19, Nephi breaks from the family history narrative to detail the purposes of the two sets of plates he made. In this post I’ll focus in particular on the first six verses. Essentially, this post will be an extended idea of Joseph Spencer as outlined in his book, An Other Testament.1 I will quote and summarise extensively from his book, the reason being that it is important to properly understand his idea in order to make sense of arguments he will later make about the significance of the Isaiah chapters in 2 Nephi. Additionally, Spencer’s thoughts about what Nephi writes in 1 Nephi 19:1–6 are central to his suggested structure of 1 and 2 Nephi as outlined here. Continue reading “1 Nephi 19: Little and Large”

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