The Book of Isaiah, Chapters 1 39

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jul 25, 1986 - Religion - 759 pages
The first of John N. Oswalt's two-part study of the book of Isaiah for the NICOT series, this commentary on chapters 139 combines theological acumen, literary sensitivity, philological expertise, and historical knowledge to present a faithful and accurate reading of one of the Old Testament's most important books.

In the introduction to this work, Oswalt considers Isaiah's background, unity of composition, date and authorship, canonicity, Hebrew text, theology, and problems of interpretation, and he offers a select bibliography for further research. Oswalt also provides substantial discussions of several issues crucial to the book of Isaiah. He notes, for example, that scholars often divide Isaiah into three divisions, with chapters 1-39 addressing Isaiah's contemporaries in the eighth century B.C., chapters 40-55 presupposing the exile of the sixth century, and chapters 56-66 presupposing the eventual return from exile. While taking this scholarship into account Oswalt defends the unity of the prophetic book and argues convincingly that the whole book can be attributed to the Isaiah of the eighth century.

The commentary proper, based on Oswalt's own translation of the Hebrew text, provides pastors, scholars, and students with a lucid interpretation of the book of Isaiah in its ancient context as well as an exposition of its message for today.
 

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Oswalt's study on the first 39 chapters of the Book of Isaiah is part of The New International Commentary on the Old Testament. Like its companion series on the New Testament, this commentary devotes ... Read full review

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This is an excellent commentary on Isaiah that argues strongly for the book to be read as a theological whole and to be read as predictive prophecy. I found it more engaging than Edward Youngs classic ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
Unity of Composition
17
Canonicity
29
Problems in Interpretation
44
The Present and Future
79
1530 79
94
113
170
Whom Shall We Trust? Basis for Servanthood
192
INDEXES
707
Scriptures
714
Hebrew Words
740
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