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Isaiah 1-39 (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)
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More recently there seems to have been some editorial slippage. The useful format described above, which made arcane scholarship available to serious readers without Greek or Hebrew, has been relaxed to the point that it is hard to tell who these commentaries are aimed at. In this particular volume (Isaiah 1-39) Blankenship clearly knows his material and he can write forcefully. However the historical exposition is so condensed it ended up confusing more than clarifying. To some extent this reflects controversies in our understanding of 8th-5th century Israel, but if the goal of this introduction is to take a reader from the "old" consensus about who Isaiah was and what he wrote to the current (unsettled) views, it does a marginal job at best.
More importantly perhaps: the translation notes have been cut to a minimum and piled up without indentation in a misguided attempt to save space. The format alone makes them almost unreadable. This was the feature that most clearly distinguished the Anchor Bible from other equally scholarly commentaries.Read more ›