September 4, 2011

If I have one complaint about the LDS edition of the Bible, it’s that quotes from the Old Testament aren’t always identified in the footnotes. For example, consider Matthew 11:23, which includes quotations from Isaiah 14, but you’d never know it from the footnotes. Or, as another example, Matthew 13:14-15 says:

And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which sayeth, By hearing  ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

It says right there in the first verse that this is a quotation from Isaiah, but if you look in the footnotes it only gives references to Jeremiah and Romans and the place in 2 Nephi where Nephi quotes the appropriate chapter in Isaiah. (The quote is from Isaiah 6:9-10.)

I have a Greek New Testament that prints all the Old Testament quotations in bold, which makes them easy to find, and also gives the references in the footnotes. Fifteen or twenty years ago I went through and copied all the references into my copy, but several years ago, I “graduated” to a large print quad. I decided this evening to go back through and do this again, but it’s pretty tedious.


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