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The Prophecy of Isaiah: An Introduction & Commentary (IVP Bible Background Commentary) [Paperback]

By J. Alec Motyer (Author)
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Presenting a wealth of comment and perspective on Isaiah, J. Alec Motyer pays particular attention to three recurring themes: the messianic hope, the motif of the city and the theology of the Holy One of Israel.

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Recipient of a Christianity Today 1994 Critics Choice Award Among Old Testament prophetic books no other equals Isaiah's brilliance of style and metaphor, its arresting vision of the Holy One of Israel and its kaleidoscopic vision of God's future restoration of Israel and the world. Now, after over three decades of studying and teaching Isaiah, Alec Motyer presents a wealth of commentary and perspective on this book. His emphasis is on the grammatical, historical, structural, literary and theological dimensions of the text. Though based on the Hebrew text, his exposition easily accomodates readers without a working knowledge of biblical Hebrew. And he writes with an interest in Isaiah's meaning for Christians today. Along the historical timeline on which the Isaianic prophecies are strung, Motyer finds three central and recurring themes: the messianic hope, the motif of the city and the theology of the Holy One of Israel. Moreover, he argues, the Isaianic literature is organized around three messianic portraits: the King (Isaiah 1-37), the Servant (Isaiah 38-55) and the Anointed Conqueror (Isaiah 56-66). Preachers, teachers and serious Bible students of all types will find this commentary a wise, winsome and welcome guide to the prophecy of Isaiah. It may easily be the best one-volume evangelical commentary on Isaiah available today.

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Studio: IVP Academic
Pages   544
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.07" Width: 6.07" Height: 1.54"
Weight:   1.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1999
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
Series  IVP Bible Background Commentary  
ISBN  0830815937  
ISBN13  9780830815937  

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Terrific One Volume Evangelical Christian Commentary on Isaiah  Nov 14, 2006
It's amazing how much solid exegesis and theology Motyer packed into this one volume commentary on Isaiah. Motyer is more willing to come out and say that certain prophecies in Isaiah were fulfilled by Jesus. He is also quite good at discerning the structure of the text. For example, he expounds Isaiah 26:19-26 and makes a nice diagram of the blessings associated with living under God's kingdom of justice and righteousness.

This commentary is not quite as elegantly written as the single volume masterpiece penned by Brevard Childs, but Motyer is a reliable guide through the visions that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Jothan, Uzziah, Ahaz, and Hezekiah (Isaiah 1:1-2). I highly recommend this commentary.

Rev. Marc Axelrod
Isaiah Prophesized God's Son and the Resurrection.  Nov 10, 2006
Isaiah's Teachings Need To Be Observed Today.,
We need some of Isaiah's preachings and teachings in today's society as there are too many frauds around to stir up trouble, those who don't believe in God and God's will. Sin will be avenged by an judging God and there will be more disasters in sinful areas such are springing up in my town by people like the false journalists and drug users, drunks among the condo dwellers; it is a drug haven in the culture of today, and God will show that it is not his Will or Purpose to put this on God-fearing people. The drunks and liars of this world will be in a sad shape after God has finished changing their lives and they will be in dire need of help from ethics, religious faith, and just plain pure good luck.

Isaiah was the seer of the Old Testament, after all, he prophesized the coming of Christ as the Son of God. In college, he was my favorite prophet, after I was assigned in Religion class to research Deuto-Isiah. Whoever would have thought that the book of Isaiah was written by two different individuals? It was.
First class commentary on Isaiah  Apr 24, 2006
There can be no doubt that this is a major commentary. The author argues from a modern evangelical standpoint for the intrinsic unity of the work and proves that evangelical scholars are not inferior to their liberal counterparts. Motyer divides the work into three sections (Book of the King 1-37, Book of the Servant 38-55, Book of the Anointed Conqueror 56-66) thereby placing the Messianic focus at the centre of the prophet's vision.

For me the strength of the work lies in its detailed exegesis, although a great deal of attention is also devoted to structural analysis of each section. Pastors will find this an outstanding commentary for sermon preparation. The author has a gift in his ability to translate ancient Isaianic concepts into a modern idiom, making Isaiah thoroughly contemporaneous. In addition, the author penetrates into the heart of the work in a way other evangelical writers have not (e.g. Oswalt's commentary which is steady but dry and nowhere near as engaging). Motyer's brilliance may be illustrated in his discussion of Isaiah 58 which deals with the question of fasting. Motyer reckons that the problem here is that the Sabbath had been turned into a fast day, when in fact it was a feast day: He writes: "The Lord is more interested in enjoyment of his blessings through obedience than in self-imposed deprivations. The heart of true religion is to conform to what God has ordained." (483)

On the critical level: the visual presentation of the commentary is difficult to follow. The structural analyses of units seems forced and the Motyer often provides no answer to questions that I had raised in my reading. I would also have liked, since this is a Christian reading, a greater dialogue with ancient interpreters, notably Calvin. Motyer quotes Calvin but he has clearly not engaged with his exegesis, nor that of Luther, or any other ancient writer for that fact. Once I detected a clear anti-liturgical bias ("A religion of rite and formalism has no divine authorization", 46) and there are some typos (Is 57.19 on page 479 should be 57.18).

In conclusion: this is a wise commentary choice on Isaiah (alongside that of Brueggemann and Child) although the author does not really engage with the critical issues raised by modern scholars. Motyer also wrote a commentary on Isaiah in the Tyndale series. This large commentary is to be preferred to that. The Tyndale edition is a poorly edited downsized edition of this one, and leaves out most of the good stuff.
J.A Motyer, student of Isaiah!  Nov 25, 1999
A massive masterpiece. Motyer, who is a life long student of Isaiah produces this evangelical commentary that will remain the standard. Written from a conservative stance, yet passionate and convincing. Any one who intends to do serious study in Isaiah must deal with this work.

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