Item description for Isaiah 40-66 (Old Testament Library) by Claus Westermann...
Overview Internationally renowned scholar Brevard Childs writes on what is arguably the Old Testament's most important theological book-Isaiah. Childs provides a fresh translation from the original Hebrew and discusses questions of text, language, historical background, and literary architecture. His critically informed, theological interpretaion of the text provides a creative and reading of Isaiah.
This book, a volume in the Old Testament Library series, explores chapters 40-66 of the book of Isaiah.
The Old Testament Library provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys. The contributors are scholars of international standing.
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Studio: Presbyterian Publishing Corpor
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1" Weight: 1.44 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1969
Publisher Presbyterian Publishing Corporation
Series Old Testament Library
ISBN 0664226450 ISBN13 9780664226459
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More About Claus Westermann
Claus Westermann was Professor of Old Testament at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He authored a number of books, including "Praise and Lament in the Psalms", "Roots of Wisdom", and "Prophetic Oracles of Salvation in the Old Testament", all published by WJK.
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Westermann marries critical scholarship with attentive theology Feb 13, 2009
Claus Westermann was a scholar whose entry into academia was preceded by parish ministry, and his desire to see scholarship's usefulness in its service to a living faith is apparent here, as in his other works. He approaches Isaiah 40-66 from a historical-critical perspective in order to let the beautiful theology of this text ring out, and he does so in a visibly thoughtful manner; his discussion never becomes mired in the overly-technical.
Whether or not one agrees with the validity of a Deutero- and Trito-Isaiah, or with Westermann's identification of who the 'Servant' is, makes little difference to the value of this commentary. The strength of this book lies in Westermann's ability to let the oracles found in Isaiah 40-66 address the concrete issues of their time, the 'situation on the ground', and then, to allow these words to speak powerfully into our present context. It is here that his careful, gentle approach to theology shines, as his scholarly reading of the text helps anchor the meaning embedded in the word.
This is a fine commentary on the second half of Isaiah. He certainly approaches the text with a critical perspective, offering emendations and rearranging sections in a few places, but he returns from it with a sound and studied handling of the word which proclaims comfort (and challenge) to our present faith.