'Opening Isaiah': Ann Madsen documentary teaches Christ through the words of Isaiah

By Nick Galieti

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 25 2011 5:00 a.m. MDT

"OPENING ISAIAH," by Ann Madsen, Excel Entertainment, $19.99

Often quoted by the Savior himself, the teachings of Isaiah are rich and powerful but presented in uncommon language, giving Isaiah a reputation of being difficult to understand. In a new documentary DVD, “Opening Isaiah,” Brigham Young Univerisity lecturer Ann Madsen offers insights and perspectives into Isaiah's writings from more than 35 years of experience as a teacher and writer for the LDS Church Curriculum Committee. She is the wife of the late Truman Madsen.

Filmed on location in the Holy Land, Ann Madsen shares narratives and insights on Hebrew poetry and culture to unlock language often considered confusing or under-appreciated by students of the Holy Bible.

Presented like a narrated visual lecture, “Opening Isaiah” features a wide variety of footage showcasing the geographical backdrop of Isaiah's writings. Madsen also approaches the relationship of Isaiah's teachings upon the people in the Book of Mormon. In all stories shared by Madsen, the message of Isaiah's teachings center on and testify of the divine mission of Jesus Christ as Savior and Redeemer.

“Opening Isaiah is not a film to be watched with popcorn and a soda but with the book of Isaiah open and notepaper and pencil handy,” said “Opening Isaiah” director Peter Johnson.

Madsen teaches in a confident yet reverent paradigm, welcoming the audience to return and review the material time and time again. From a moving soundtrack to a virtual computer graphic walkthrough of Solomon's Temple, “Opening Isaiah” brings Madsen's expertise into a modern and approachable format for adults both young and old.

Nick Galieti is the author of the LDS doctrine book "Tree of Sacrament" and is the director/producer of the documentary "Picturing Joseph."

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