Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:

“And The Meek Also Shall Increase”:The Verb yāsap in Isaiah 29 & Nephi’s Prophetic Allusions to the Name Joseph in 2Nephi 25–30

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
9/6/2018
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Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
44 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
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2 Nephi, church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, Isaiah 29, joseph, lds, Mormonism, Nephi, yāsap

Abstract: Beyond his autobiographic use of Joseph’s name and biography, Nephi also considered the name Joseph to have long-term prophetic value. As a Semitic/Hebrew name, Joseph derives from the verb yāsap (to “add,” “increase,” “proceed to do something” “do something again,” and to “do something more”), thus meaning “may he [God] add,” “may he increase,” or “may he do more/again.” Several of the prophecies of Isaiah, in which Nephi’s soul delighted and for which he offers extensive interpretation, prominently employ forms of yāsap in describing iterative and restorative divine action. Given Nephi’s earlier preservation of Joseph’s prophecies regarding a future seer named “Joseph,” we can reasonably see Nephi’s emphasis on iterative divine action in his appropriation of the Isaianic use of yāsap as a direct and thematic allusion to this latter-day “Joseph” and his role in bringing forth additional scripture. This additional scripture would enable the meek to “increase,” just as Isaiah & Nephi had prophesied.

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