Interpreting Isaiah: Issues and Approaches, Edited by David G. Firth and H. G. M. Williamson
Interpreting Isaiah
  • Length: 287 pages
  • Published: July 22, 2009
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 3703
  • ISBN: 9780830837038

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Ever since the first century, Christians have regarded Isaiah as a high point in the Old Testament prophetic literature. Its themes of messiah and suffering servant, deliverance from exile and new creation--to name a few--have been viewed as reaching particular fulfillment in the gospel. Then too, the impact of Isaiah on the church's language of worship and hymnology, and on the Western tradition of art and literature, is beyond measure. The book of Isaiah has also received more than its fair share of scholarly examination, with various theories of its origin and composition proposed.

Originating in a 2008 Tyndale Fellowship conference on Isaiah, Interpreting Isaiah presents some of the most significant evangelical scholarship on Isaiah today. Essays on recent scholarship and the theology of Isaiah offer valuable overviews that bring readers abreast of current understanding. And more sharply focused studies in particular Isaianic themes and texts explore issues and exercise methodologies that will interest and reward diligent teachers and preachers of the Old Testament.

"A companion for all seriously engaged in studying the book of Isaiah."

International Review of Biblical Studies, 2008-2009


Introduction: David G. Firth and H. G. M. Williamson

Part 1: Orientation

1 Recent Issues in the Study of the Book of Isaiah
H. G. M. Williamson, Christ Church, Oxford

Part 2: Themes, Theology and Text

2 Monotheism and Isaiah
Nathan MacDonald

3 Too Hard to Understand? The Motif of Hardening in Isaiah
Torsten Uhlig

4. Isaiah and Politics
David J. Reimer

5. Faith in Isaiah
Philip S. Johnston

6 Nationalism and Universalism in Isaiah
Richard L. Schultz

7 Wisdom in Isaiah
Lindsay Wilson

8 The Theology of Isaiah
John Goldingay

9 The Text of Isaiah at Qumran
Dwight Swansons

10 Isaiah in the New Testament
Rikk E. Watts

Part 3: Studies in Selected Texts

11 What's New in Isaish 9:1-7?
Paul D. Wegner

12 A Structural-Historical Exegesis of Isaiah 42:1-9
S. D. (Fanie) Snyman

13 An Inner-Isaianic Reading of Isaiah 61:1-5
Jacob Stromberg

Index of Names
Index of Scripture References
Index of Qumran Literature References


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David G. Firth is tutor in Old Testament at Trinity College, Bristol. He is the author of 1 & 2 Samuel (Apollos Old Testament Commentary), The Message of Esther, and The Message of Joshua, and the coeditor of Interpreting the Psalms, Interpreting Isaiah, Words and the Word, and Presence, Power and Promise.

H. G. M. Williamson is Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford University, on the faculty of The Oriental Institute and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on the Old Testament, including commentaries on 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah, as well as The Book Called Isaiah and Studies in Persian Period History and Historiography.