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  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (Aug. 11 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310206138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310206132
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.4 x 24.1 cm
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""This series doesn't fool around. It gets right down io business, bringing this ancient and powerful Word of God into the present so that it can he heard and believed with all the freshness of a new day, with all the immediacy of a friend's embrace."

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A unique commentary that explores each passage from three vital perspectives: original meaning, bridging context, contemporary significance. Isaiah wrestles with the realities of people who are not convicted by the truth but actually hardened by it, and with a God whose actions sometimes seem unintelligible, or even worse, appears to be absent. Yet Isaiah penetrates beyond these experiences to an even greater reality. Isaiah sees God's rule over history and his capacity to take the worst of human actions and use it for good. He declares the truth that even in the darkest hours, the Holy One of Israel is infinitely trustworthy.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa47d8828) out of 5 stars 42 reviews
50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa47dcdb0) out of 5 stars A must for those preaching and teaching through Isaiah Nov. 1 2007
By David A. Bielby - Published on
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As a pastor who looks for great ideas to develop sermon points in commentaries, I have found this commentary to be the very best one I have for Isaiah. As the NIVAC series does so well, this commentary gives some exegetical information, contextual bridging from ancient to contemporary settings, and then wrestles with contemporary issues and real life needs.

For example, Oswalt deals with several theological ramifications from Hezekiah's story in Isaiah 38-39. (Hezekiah's life was extended by 15 years after crying out to God in prayer). Oswalts exegetical comments are careful, insightful and lead to practical and powerful application. In this passage he points out that Hezekiah's illness was not necessarily a result of sin, and deals with the issue that sin is often a result of sin but not always. He brings in both concepts with multiple scripture references.

Then he swings to the issue of God's sovereignty, man's freewill and the Open Theism debate and it's potential support from an overly simplistic interpretation of this passage. He clearly and without a lot of fluff deals accurately with that issue. He leaves no room for an over emphasis on God's sovereignty in light of the multiple references to human freewill, yet fully embraces a biblical concept of sovereignty. He also explains with a minimum of verbage (something I always appreciate by a technical scholar) why Open Theism is an over simplistic conclusion from this passage. He shows why this passage does not warrant a conclusion that has too much of an emphasis on the 'freewill of man' or an over emphasis on the Sovereignty of God. The points are pretty hard to reject if one welcomes all the data involved and comes without a blinding bias.

This particular volume in the NIVAC series may be the very best one that exists. It certainly is my best one, and I have several. It is also a 'Gold Medallion Book' sporting the coveted award on the front cover. So it has been widely embraced by a variety of editors, scholars and pastor/teachers. In fact I will say this much...I stopped using this commentary series after finding several of them promoting applications that I thought were way out of touch with the people I minister to. This commentary has completely reversed that general thought in my mind.

As I work through Isaiah, I find myself turning to this volume more and more. It's a great companion to the more technical and less practical 'The Prophecy of Isaiah' by Motyer, and to the NICOT 2 volume series by this same author, Oswalt.

It's my recommendation that you buy this volume first unless you are only doing a more critical exegetical paper. In that case I recommend Oswalt's NICOT and Motyer's volumes instead. I went ahead and got all four books and am not sorry at all. They are all fantastic tools.

I am grateful for great scholars who provide so many helpful insights to the text.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa469536c) out of 5 stars Isaiah revealed May 4 2009
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I am a new Sunday School teacher and for me this is a God send. It was recommended to me and I will continue to buy one for each book of the Bible as I need it. It is a little pricey but when you get the entire set it will be marvelous. Gives insight into difficult biblical passages and also gives commentary on the relevance in today's world. Would make a great gift for a teacher or anyone who wishes to further their study in God's word.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa47dcc30) out of 5 stars Isaiah commentary Nov. 28 2010
By bwirth - Published on
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I am currently studying the book of Isaiah in Mens BSF (Bible Study Fellowship). This is the first year for Isaiah, so quite a few are struggling. I find this book is extremely helpful. It is also an easy read in that it can go as deep as you want with footnotes, yet is not technical in just sitting down and reading it alone.

I actually look forward to reading this before my lesson as it puts everything in proper perspective for the period of study, bridges then and now, then puts it in today's perspective. I plan on buying more of this series as it really helps with my bible reading and understanding my walk with God.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa47dc588) out of 5 stars Fantastic commentary! Oct. 30 2011
By Jennifer - Published on
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I am about 300 pages through this commentary and have found it fascinating and inspiring. It has helped me to understand the book of Isaiah and apply it to my own life in a way that has always seemed out of reach to me in the past. The first 70 or so pages is an introduction to put the book in historical context, i.e., what was happening before, during, and after the time period in which Isaiah was writing, what were the powerful nations, what were people concerned about, etc. The remainder of the book is taking a chapter or so at a time out of Isaiah and describing the original meaning (i.e., what it would have meant or said to Isaiah's contemporaries) and then bridging that into how the same message applies in current time. The commentary has helped me understand the relevance of the book of Isaiah in a way I haven't understood before. It leaves me hungry for more, which is exactly what the revealed word of God is supposed to do. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to move deeper into a relationship with God.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa47dc6c0) out of 5 stars above average, but you sense mediocrity at times Sept. 13 2012
By Pastor Drew - Published on
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Isaiah is a tough book to interpret, moreover it's tough to contextualize the book.
It seems the author of this book struggled with exactly that.
I've been using the book for a month now preaching through the daily devotional book to our church (covered about first 30chapter of Isaiah)...,
I found "original meaning" part somewhat helpful, but most of the historical backgrounds can be found in most of the Study Bibles I own.
"contemporary significance" part does not seem to draw many of the good implications from the "original meaning" thus lacking in its
inspiration. "contemporary significance" tend to reduce the focus down to one or two central issues rather than covering the overall trajectory of the text.
I still have half way to go in the book, so I hope to find greater content in the future.