SOS: Helping my children (and myself!) understand Isaiah
Understanding Isaiah, when I study his words in the scriptures, continues to be a challenge for me. Paradoxically, Isaiah’s words–so poetic and symbolic–have become more meaningful to me over the years. Because of the promises made in the scriptures about studying his writings, I want to help me family understand him as much as I can–even if it’s only a little.
Yesterday I searched to find an answer about the age of a child who can distinguish between good and evil which was prompted by my reading 2 Nephi 17:16 (Isaiah 7:16). I learned that “the historic child of Isaiah’s time would be about 12 or 13 years old, the age set by Judaic law for moral responsibility,” which was not what I had anticipated. I thought it might be age 8, since that is the age at which children begin to be accountable. So perhaps there is something significant that happens to our ability to distinguish good and evil between the ages of 8-12. That would be something I’d like to research! (Here comes my interest in neurology/child development/physiology/gospel connections…)
So this morning, in anticipation of reading more of chapter 20 as a family, I read a little more in the student manual. I found this little map and chart, and decided to put this bookmark together, so as we read, we can refer to these geographical and historical elements that are definitely not in MY head yet.
I’ll try to remember to let you know how it goes…