Isaiah 1-12: A Continental Commentary

Isaiah 1-12: A Continental Commentary

Isaiah 1-12: A Continental Commentary

Isaiah 1-12: A Continental Commentary

Synopsis

"This excellent commentary is certainly the most exhaustive of works available on the chapters with which it deals. I recommend it unreservedly to all serious students of the Old Testament."-- John Bright"Wildberger's commentary has turned out to be his Lebenswerk, and it is itself a noble tribute to a scholar who is theologically sensitive, aware of differing opinions, and fair in dealing with them. It is the best existing commentary on the book of Isaiah."-- Roland E. Murphy

Excerpt

This first volume of my Isaiah commentary brings the study to the end of chapter twelve. It is both obvious and generally accepted that one comes to a recognizable break in the book of Isaiah at this point. Since the completion of such a study will continue within the context of many unavoidable demands on one’s time and because of the almost threatening flood of literature, it has seemed reasonable to bring the sections that have appeared to this point into one volume, the first major part of the commentary.

Because of this decision, it is obvious that the introduction to the entire commentary cannot be placed at the very beginning of the whole study, but must rather serve as a conclusion. Since the overview of the book and its history (both the history of the prophet and his message as well as that of the many unknown personages who make some contributions by way of additions) cannot be written until a study of the entire text has been carried out, one hopes that the reader will understand. Study of the book of Isaiah will continue, and I myself am amazed again and again how intensive work with a particular unit of material leads to new paths of understanding, even when one ventures to tread on territory that has been traveled many times already. In general, whoever uses this commentary will be able to detect very clearly the main lines of argument that set forth my understanding of the book and the prophet.

Whoever writes a commentary on the book of Isaiah must reflect upon the (plans) of God, but must also take to heart, from personal experience, that human plans must always remain in doubt. In spite of that, it is to be hoped that the future sections of this commentary will not appear at the present pace but that they will be able to follow, one after the other, in a more fast-paced rhythm. That would not be possible if the author would have to wait until after the many burning issues concerning the understanding of Isaiah—and beyond that the whole question about prophecy itself—would have been clearly solved. The discussion of these . . .

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