Isaiah: Scroll of a Prophetic Heritage

Isaiah: Scroll of a Prophetic Heritage

by William L. Holladay

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Overview

Description:
To the unstructured reader the book of Isaiah can be rather confusing--it seems to be composed of poems and narratives combined haphazardly not by one, but by several authors. Even scholars disagree on its authorship, dating, structure, and meaning. William Holladay intends this book to be a study guide for lay people and students. In an attempt to answer the perplexing questions raised by reading Isaiah.

Throughout the book, Professor Holladay affirms the theological unity within Isaiah, while discerning and emphasizing the variety of voices found there. Although there were several ""Isaiahs,"" each writing with his specific world situation in mind, the total picture is of a prophetic tradition which recognizes that God was king of Israel.

Endorsements:
""It is not only an interesting and reliable guide to understanding the book of Isaiah, but a fine introduction to many aspects of the religion of ancient Israel and the theology of the Old Testament . . . It is based upon thorough knowledge of contemporary scholarship and years of deep engagement with the meaning of the book itself.""
--James M. Ward
Perkins School of Theology
Southern Methodist University

About the Contributor(s):
William L. Holladay, Lowry Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Andover Newton Theological School, is also author of Jeremiah: A Fresh Reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620321201
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 04/04/2012
Pages: 282
Sales rank: 445,928
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

William L. Holladay, Lowry Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Andover Newton Theological School, is also author of Jeremiah: A Fresh Reading.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Orientation

I Four Centuries of a Prophetic Heritage 3

The First Isaiah

II God is High and Holy, and Isaiah is his Prophet 25

III The Breakdown of Community 46

IV Nations on the March 66

V Renewal After Disaster? 91

"Second Isaiah"

VI A Return for Exiles 117

VII The Folly of Idols, and the Call to Suffer 139

"Third Isaiah"

VIII The Grandeur and Misery of those who Returned 163

Other "Isaiahs"

IX Visions for a People Forgotten 189

Summation

X Prophets for the Centuries 215

Further Readings 239

Notes 242

Index of Passages 261

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