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Isaiah Through the Centuries

ISBN: 978-0-631-21963-7
488 pages
January 2018, Wiley-Blackwell
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Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Preface xv

Acknowledgements xvii

List of Illustrations xix

Introduction 1

The Reception of Isaiah 2

Reception Exegesis 5

Isaiah 1 9

The Title (Isa 1:1) 9

The Ox and the Ass Have More Sense (Isa 1:2–9) 10

Blood on Your Hands (Isa 1:10–20) 14

The Faithful City (Isa 1:21–31) 16

Isaiah 2 19

A Second Title (Isa 2:1) 19

Swords into Ploughshares (Isa 2:2–5) 20

Haughtiness Shall Be Humbled (Isa 2:6–22) 24

Isaiah 3 27

Anarchy in Jerusalem (Isa 3:1–15) 28

The Daughters of Zion are Haughty (Isa 3:16–26) 29

Isaiah 4 31

The Pride and Glory of the Survivors (Isa 4:2–6) 32

Isaiah 5 35

The Fate of God’s Vineyard (Isa 5:1–7) 35

Woe to Those Who Are Wise in Their Own Eyes (Isa 5:8–30) 39

Isaiah 6 41

Holy, Holy, Holy (Isa 6:1–3) 42

Here Am I: Send Me! (Isa 6:4–8) 47

Go and Say to this People, ‘Hear, But Do Not Understand’ (Isa 6:9–13) 49

Isaiah 7 52

Faith and Reason (Isa 7:1–9) 53

The Immanuel Prophecy (Isa 7:10–17) 54

The King of Assyria (Isa 7:18–25) 58

Isaiah 8 59

The Waters of Shiloah (Isa 8:1–10) 60

The Strong Hand of the Lord (Isa 8:11–22) 61

Isaiah 9 65

Galilee of the Nations (Isa 9:1) 65

For Unto Us a Child Is Born (Isa 9:2–7) 66

Wickedness Burns Like a Fire (Isa 9:8–21) 71

Isaiah 10 73

Woe to Those in Power! (Isa 10:1–4) 74

Woe to Assyria! (Isa 10:5–19) 74

Be Not Afraid of Assyria, My People (Isa 10:20–34) 75

Isaiah 11 78

The Noble Stem of Jesse (Isa 11:1–5) 79

The Peaceable Kingdom (Isa 11:6–9) 84

The Messianic Age (Isa 11:10–16) 87

Isaiah 12 91

With Joy Shall You Draw Water from the Wells of Salvation

(Isa 12:1–6) 91

Isaiah 13 94

Howl, For the Day of the Lord Is at Hand! (Isa 13:1–22) 95

Isaiah 14 99

The Lord Will Again Choose Israel (Isa 14:1–3) 99

How Art Thou Fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer! (Isa 14:4–23) 100

Prophecies against the Assyrians and the Philistines

(Isa 14:24–32) 103

Isaiah 15 105

My Heart Cries Out for Moab (Isa 15:1–14) 105

Isaiah 16 107

Hide the Fugitives, Do Not Betray the Refugees (Isa 16:1–14) 107

Isaiah 17 110

An Oracle Concerning Syria and Ephraim (Isa 17:1–3) 110

The Glory of Jacob Will Be Brought Low (Isa 17:4–14) 111

Isaiah 18 113

A Prophecy Concerning Ethiopia (Isa 18:1–7) 113

Isaiah 19 117

An Oracle Concerning Egypt (Isa 19:1–15) 117

Blessed Be Egypt, My People! (Isa 19:16–25) 119

Isaiah 20 123

Put Not Your Trust in Egypt and Ethiopia (Isa 20:1–6) 123

Isaiah 21 126

Babylon is Fallen! (Isa 21:1–10) 126

Watchman, What of the Night? (Isa 21:11–17) 129

Isaiah 22 133

Let Me Weep Bitter Tears (Isa 22:1–14) 133

The Key of David (Isa 22:15–25) 137

Isaiah 23 139

Howl Ye Ships of Tarshish! (Isa 23:1–18) 139

Isaiah 24 143

The End of the World (Isa 24:1–13) 144

The Last Judgement (Isa 24:14–23) 145

Isaiah 25 149

The Eschatological Banquet 149

Isaiah 26 153

The Resurrection of the Dead (Isa 26:1–21) 153

Isaiah 27 159

Leviathan (Isa 27:1) 160

The Lord’s Vineyard (Isa 2–11) 160

The Sound of the Shofar (Isa 27:12–13) 162

Isaiah 28 164

Woe to the Drunken Priests and Prophets! (Isa 28:1–13) 165

A Covenant with Death (Isa 28:14–29) 167

Isaiah 29 171

Ariel, the City of David (Isa 29:1–8) 171

Having Eyes They See Not (Isa 29:9–16) 173

Jacob Shall No More Be Ashamed (Isa 29:17–24) 175

Isaiah 30 177

Woe to the Rebellious Children (Isa 30:1–17) 177

Blessed Are All Those Who Wait for Him (Isa 30:18–26) 180

The Burning Anger of the Lord (Isa 30:27–33) 182

Isaiah 31 185

Woe to Those Who Rely on Horses and Chariots! (Isa 31:1–9) 185

Isaiah 32 188

A Kingdom of Righteousness and Peace (Isa 32:1–20) 188

Isaiah 33 193

The Destroyer (Isa 33:1–12) 194

A Place of Broad Waters and Streams (Isa 33:13–24) 195

Isaiah 34 199

The Day of Vengeance (Isa 34:1–17) 199

Isaiah 35 205

The Day of Redemption (Isa 35:1–10) 205

Isaiah 36 209

The Assyrian Invasion of Judah (Isa 36:1–22) 209

Isaiah 37 213

The Salvation of Jerusalem (Isa 37:1–38) 213

Isaiah 38 218

The Recovery of King Hezekiah from Illness (Isa 38:1–22) 218

Isaiah 39 223

Envoys from Babylon (Isa 39:1–8) 223

Isaiah 40 226

‘Comfort My People,’ Says Your God (Isa 40:1–11) 227

Creator of Heaven and Earth (Isa 40:12–31) 232

Isaiah 41 237

The Lord of History (Isa 41:1–7) 237

Fear Not, Israel, My Servant (Isa 41:8–20) 239

The Impotence of False Gods (Isa 41:21–29) 241

Isaiah 42 243

Behold My Servant (Isa 42:1–13) 243

God as Mother (Isa 42:14–25) 247

Isaiah 43 251

I Am Your Saviour (Isa 43:1–13) 251

A New Exodus (Isa 43:14–28) 254

Isaiah 44 257

I Am Alpha and Omega: Besides Me There Is No God (Isa 44:1–8) 257

The Folly of Idol Worship (Isa 44:9–20) 259

Jerusalem Shall Be Rebuilt (Isa 44:21–28) 260

Isaiah 45 262

Cyrus the Lord’s Anointed (Isa 45:1–8) 262

Will You Criticize the Creator? (Isa 45:9–13) 266

God Is With You Only and There Is No Other (Isa 45:14–25) 267

Isaiah 46 271

The False Gods of Babylon (Isa 46: 1–13) 271

Isaiah 47 274

The Fall of Babylon (Isa 47:1–15) 274

Isaiah 48 277

A Rebel from Birth (Isa 48:1–11) 277

Go Forth from Babylon (Isa 48:12–22) 279

Isaiah 49 283

A Light to the Nations (Isa 49:1–6) 284

A Day of Salvation (Isa 49:7–13) 286

Doubting Zion (Isa 49:14–26) 289

Isaiah 50 293

I Hid Not My Face from Shame and Spitting (Isa 50: 1–11) 293

Isaiah 51 297

Look to the Rock from Which You Were Hewn (Isa 51:1–9) 297

Arm of the Lord, Awake (Isa 51:10–23) 299

Isaiah 52 303

The Lord Has Comforted His People (Isa 52:1–12) 303

The Suffering Servant (Isa 52:13–53:12) 308

Isaiah 53 312

The Suffering Servant (cont’d) (Isa 53:1–12) 312

Isaiah 54 322

Zion and Her Children (Isa 54:1–17) 322

Isaiah 55 329

Come to Me, All You Who Thirst (Isa 55:1–3) 329

Isaiah 56 335

A House of Prayer for All Nations (Isa 56:1–8) 335

Corruption in High Places (Isa 56:9–57:13) 339

Isaiah 57 340

Corruption in High Places (cont’d) (Isa 57:1–13) 340

Peace, Peace to the Far and to the Near (Isa 57:14–21) 343

Isaiah 58 348

Is Not This the Fast That I Choose? (Isa 58:1–14) 348

Isaiah 59 355

Estrangement from God (Isa 59:1–21) 355

Isaiah 60 361

Arise, Shine for Your Light Is Come (Isa 60:1–14) 361

Your Sun Shall Set No More (Isa 60:15–22) 367

Isaiah 61 369

Good News for the Poor (Isa 61:1–11) 369

Isaiah 62 374

For Zion’s Sake I Will Not Keep Silent (Isa 62:1–12) 374

Isaiah 63 379

The Grapes of Wrath (Isa 63:1–6) 379

Our Father in Heaven (Isa 63:7–19) 383

Isaiah 64 388

O Lord, You Have Hidden Your Face from Us (Isa 64:1–12) 388

Isaiah 65 392

The Sheep and the Goats on Judgement Day (Isa 65:1–16) 392

A New Creation (Isa 65:17–25) 397

Isaiah 66 401

Sacrifices Acceptable to the Lord (Isa 66:1–6) 401

Mother Zion and Her Children (Isa 66:7–16) 404

A New Heaven and a New Earth (Isa 66:17–24) 408

Glossary 412

Brief Biographies 415

Abbreviations 426

Bibliography 430

Commentaries 431

General Bibliography 433

Websites 447

Index of Names

Index of Subjects  

 

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