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.
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About the Author
H. G. M. Williamson is Regius Professor of Hebrew, Christ Church, Oxford University, and author of The Book Called Isaiah and A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Isaiah 1--27: Isaiah 1--5 in the International Critical Commentary series.
Table of Contents
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
3 Too Hard to Understand? The Motif of Hardening in Isaiah
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
8 The Theology of Isaiah
9 The Text of Isaiah at Qumran
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
Index of Names
Index of Scripture References
Index of Qumran Literature References