The Message of Isaiah, By Barry G. Webb
The Message of Isaiah
  • Length: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: November 07, 2023
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: A0635
  • ISBN: 9781514006351

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The book of Isaiah is outstanding in its brilliance of style, poetic power, and foretaste of the hope of the gospel. It tells how God himself has provided the highway to holiness for those who have been redeemed. These are images that evoke the exodus from Egypt and foreshadow Christ's achievement at the cross. There is joy even in Isaiah's portrayal of judgment—rebuilding within the demolition, the new replacing the old—as world events reveal God's hand.

In the visionary world of Isaiah, the varied themes and imagery of the Old Testament converge and blend as they project an extraordinary climax of the story of Israel and of the world. Barry Webb calls Isaiah the Romans of the Old Testament, where all the threads come together and the big picture of God's purposes are most clearly set forth. Attuned to the magnificent literary architecture of Isaiah, Webb escorts us through this prophecy and trains our ears and hearts to resonate with its great biblical-theological themes.

Part of the beloved Bible Speaks Today series, The Message of Isaiah offers an insightful, readable exposition of the biblical text and thought-provoking discussion of how its meaning relates to contemporary life. Used by students and teachers around the world, the Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for those studying or preaching the Bible and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the text. This revised edition of a classic volume features lightly updated language and a new interior design.


General preface
Author’s preface
Chief abbreviations
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1. The Lord is king (1–12)
2. Lord of the nations (13–27)
3. Human schemes and God’s plan (28–35)
4. In whom shall we trust? (36–39)
5. Comfort my people (40:1–51:11)
6. Grace triumphant (51:12–55:13)
7. Waiting for a new world (56–66)


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Barry G. Webb (PhD, Sheffield) is senior research fellow emeritus in Old Testament at Moore Theological College in New South Wales, Australia. His books include Five Festal Garments (NSBT) and Judges and Ruth (Preaching the Word).