The Gospel According to Isaiah 53: Encountering the Suffering Servant in Jewish and Christian Theology

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Written by eleven biblical scholars, this study explores the theology of the suffering servant in Isaiah 53 and answers a number of imporant questions:

  • What is a Christian interpretation of Isaiah 53?
  • What is a Jewish interpretation of Isaiah 53?
  • How did the New Testament writers understand Isaiah 53?
  • How should forgiveness and salvation be understood in Isaiah 53?
  • How can Isaiah 53 be used in Jewish evangelism?
  • How do we preach Isaiah 53?
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Editorial Reviews

Phoenix Seminary - Paul D Wegner
"It is certainly time for a precise and well-researched explanation of Isaiah 53, and this book clearly fills this void for the evangelical world."
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - Roy E Ciampa
"Provides pastors and other readers with a wonderful diversity of insights and perspectives on the meaning, relevance, and communication of Isaiah 53."
Beeson Divinity School - Timothy George
"The essays here, all written by superb evangelical scholars, explore the rich texture and consequential history of Isaiah 53. This is an important contribution both to biblical theology and to the life of faith."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825425936
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 3/23/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 580,387
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Darrell L. Bock is Executive Director of Cultural Engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. A former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, he is the author of the best-selling Breaking the Da Vinci Code and numerous works in New Testament studies, including Jesus According to Scripture.

Mitch Glaser is the president of Chosen People Ministries. Mitch and his wife, Zhava, are Jewish believers in Jesus and have each labored for more than twenty years in ministry among the Jewish people. Mitch holds a PhD in Intercultural Studies.

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Isaiah 53 is one of the clearest prophecies of Jesus the Messiah in the Hebrew Scriptures. This chapter has changed the lives of thousands of people--both Jews and Gentiles--who have read the text and believed in the One who fulfilled these prophecies in glorious detail.

This book, The Gospel According to Isaiah 53, was written to help readers to utilize the thruths of this magnificent chapter in bringing the Good News to those who do not yet know Jesus. It is designed to enable pastors and lay leaders to deepen their understanding of Isaiah 53 and to better equip the saints for ministry among the Jewish people. A book of this nature has been needed for quite some time.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Contributors 11

Abbreviations 15

Introduction Mitch Glaser 21

Part 1 Interpretations of Isaiah 53

1 Christian Interpretations of Isaiah 53 Richard E. Averbeck 33

2 Jewish Interpretations of Isaiah 53 Michael L. Brown 61

Part 2 Isaiah 53 in Biblical Theology

3 The Identity and Mission of the "Servant of the Lord" Walter C. Kaiser Jr. 87

4 Isaiah 53 and the Message of Salvation in the Four Gospels Michael J. Wilkins 109

5 Isaiah 53 in Acts 8 Darrell L. Bock 133

6 Isaiah 53 in the Letters of Peter, Paul, Hebrews, and John Craig A. Evans 145

7 Substitutionary Atonement arid Cultic Terminology in Isaiah 53 David L. Allen 171

8 Forgiveness and Salvation in Isaiah 53 Robert B. Chisholm 191

Part 3 Isaiah 53 and Practical Theology

9 Postmodern Themes from Isaiah 53 John S. Feinberg 213

10 Using Isaiah 53 in Jewish Evangelism Mitch Glaser 229

11 Preaching Isaiah 53 Donald R. Sunukjian 251

Conclusion Darrell Bock 267

Appendix A Expositional Sermon on Isaiah 53 Donald R. Sunukjian 291

Appendix B Dramatic Narrative Sermon on Isaiah 53 Donald R. Sunukjian 305

Scripture Index 311

Subject Index 327

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