Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Jesus and the Suffering Servant: Isiah 53 and Christian Origins

Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Jesus and the Suffering Servant: Isiah 53 and Christian Origins

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Bellinger, William H. Jr. and William R. Farmer, eds. Jesus and the Suffering Servant: Isaiah 53 and Christian Origins. Harrisburg: Trinity Press International, 1998, x + 325 pp., $25.00 paper.

This volume of 16 essays by 14 scholars arose out of a conference at Baylor University in February 1996 entitled "Isaiah 53 and Christian Origins." It addresses the question, "Did the influence of Isaiah 52:13-53:12 upon Christian faith begin with Jesus?" Or, more precisely, "Did Jesus interpret God's will for Israel, and therefore for himself and his disciples, in terms of the suffering Servant of Isaiah 52:13-53:12?" (p. 1). It includes an introduction by the editors and indexes of ancient sources, names, and subjects.

The essays are as follows. "The World of the Servant of the Lord in Isaiah 40-55," by Paul D. Hanson (pp. 9-22); "Basic Issues in the Interpretation of Isaiah 53," by Henning Graf Reventlow (pp. 23-38); "Isaiah 53 and the Restoration of Israel," by R. E. Clements (pp. 39-54); "On Reading Isaiah 53 as Christian Scripture," by Roy F. Melugin (pp. 55-69); "Jesus and Isaiah 53," by Otto Betz (pp. 70-87); "Did the Use of Isaiah 53 to Interpret His Mission Begin with Jesus? …

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