Reflections on Avraham Gileadi, PhD., Old Testament Lesson 3

Reflections on Avraham Gileadi, PhD., Old Testament Lesson 3

What do you think of Gileadi’s assertion that “a knowledge of the words of Isaiah is key to comprehending the Old Testament itself and, indeed, all scriptures.”

Given Nephi’s intense love for Isaiah & Jesus’ commandment to diligently search Isaiah, Gileadi’s viewpoint may provide a key reason why Isaiah should be central to our scripture studies.

Jesus said in, 3 Ne. 20: 11 Ye remember that I spake unto you, and said that when the words of Isaiah should be fulfilled—behold they are written, ye have them before you, therefore search them—

Jesus commanded 3 Ne. 23: 1, AND now, behold, I say unto you, that ye ought to search these things. Yea, a commandment I give unto you that ye search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah.

Lesson 3 is full of deep theological insights and I look forward to your feedback and opinions about this lesson.

Some Lesson 3 points in summary:

  • First of all, we should know that the word “God,” in Hebrew, is a plural term.
  • If we too may become Adams and Eves–by passing through the steps God has outlined in his plan of salvation and exaltation–then we can reason backwards and conclude that Adam and Eve, our ancestors, must have passed through these very same steps in order for them to become Adam and Eve.
  • Isaiah’s spiritual levels of Jacob/Israel (telestial), Zion/Jerusalem (terrestrial), and God’s Sons/Servants (celestrial)
  • Image and likeness of God is itself defined as male and female
  • God consists of both a divine Father and a divine Mother
  • Adam/Eve bodies were organized from earthly (telestial) elements (cf. Moses 6:59), the words “dust” and “waters” used in the creation narrative being chaos motifs that represent matter in a disorganized state.
  • The word “dust” also alludes to a rebirth or resurrection from the dust
  • Those who inherit Paradise on this earth by right of possession also qualify as Adams and Eves who at some point may populate worlds. To receive Paradise as a birthright, in other words, puts a couple on the level of Adam and Eve, ready, in the due time of the Lord, to begin a new cycle of creation.
  • The fact that Adam and Eve chose to partake of the forbidden fruit and temporarily leave Paradise was a calculated act that provided their sons and daughters with the kind of (telestial) environment in which they too, by overcoming evil, could ascend to their parents’ level. Through their selfless sacrifice, Adam and Eve, in turn, would ascend even further.

Avraham Gileadi, PhD., Old Testament Lesson 3


Posted on January 13, 2006, in Mormonism/LDS Church. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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