Isaiah 1-33: Volume 24 Hardback

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Isaiah 1-33: Volume 24

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The book of Isaiah reveals God's inauguration of a new age for his people, argues Dr. John D. W. Watts in this thorough and innovative commentary. Now fully revised and updated to reflect the voluminous research done on this book in the last twenty years, Dr Watts strengthens his argument for the unity of Isaiah in all of its sixty-six chapters. Based on the evidence that this epic example of 'vision' genre may well have been inteded for oral presentation, this commentary offers a translation in the dramatic form of acts, scenes, and episodes, with suggestions of dramatis personae and stage directions that bring alive the vibrancy and urgency of the book's prophetic message.

This 'vision' of Isaiah points out God's plan behind the political history of Israel and Judah from the eighth to the fifth centuries. It announces God's strategy to bring about a new age in which God's people willl be defined as God's servants, rather than as rulers of sovereign states, and in which rule was left in the hands of the empires. In this new edition, Dr. Watts has revised his understanding of the book's structure to focus less on historical details and more on thematic elements, and provides frequent excurses and strand tables that show vividly how the book uses distinctive vocabulary and particular themes throughout its chapters. The discussion encompasses the book's form and structure; its significance as literature and as theology; its plot, characters, style, and motifs; the religious, political, and social nature of its earliest audiences; the changing role of prophecy in ancient Israel's society; and its influence in early Judaism and the New Testament, in church history, and in Western literature.

This commentary highlights Isaiah's message that Israel's God is the Lord of history who calls and dismisses the nations, determines their destinies, divides the ages into old and new, and determines the eventual course of humankind. It also emphasizes Isaiah's message that God's greatest challenge always lies in convincing God's people to accept their role in the divine plan.

Isaiah 1-33: Volume 24 by John Watts was published by Authentic in June 2006 and is our 30493rd best seller. The ISBN for Isaiah 1-33: Volume 24 is 9780785250104.

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Page last updated 12th September 2016
Author / Artist
Book Formathardback
PublisherAuthentic (June 2006)
EditionRevised edition
Number of Pages500
Thickness56 mm
Height239 mm
Width162 mm
Product Code120219
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