Interpreting Isaiah: Issues and Approaches

Interpreting Isaiah: Issues and Approaches


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830837038
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 07/22/2009
Pages: 287
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

David Firth is Old Testament tutor at Cliff College, Derbyshire, England. He edited (with Philip S. Johnston) Interpreting the Psalms (IVP Academic).

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

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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