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The Message of Isaiah (Bible Speaks Today) Paperback – February 13, 1997
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Case in point: In his treatment of Isaiah 9: 6-7, the famous Messianic passage, Webb completely leaves out any explanation or exposition of the meaning behind the names "Wonderful Counselor," "Mighty God," "Everlasting Father," and "Prince of Peace." In fact, Webb does not even discuss those verses at all! By contrast, J. Alec Motyer's recent commentary on Isaiah (in the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary series), offers a very brief explanation of each of those names. However, in the Servant passages such as Isaiah 42: 1-4 and Isaiah 53 chapter, Webb does give a brief exposition of the respective passages. I don't understand why he chooses to totally ignore Isaiah 9: 1-7 and then explain the other Messianic/Servant passages.
Other reviewers have done an excellent job of evaluating the strengths of Webb's commentary. I would give a better evaluation of Webb's commentary if he did a more consistent job of explaining key Messianic passages. Hence 4 stars. I felt that J. Alec Motyer did a more consistent and better explanation of the key Messianic passages.
The content of the book progresses through what Webb determines to be seven distinct sections of Isaiah, those being: the Lord is king (1-12), Lord of the nations (13-27), Human schemes and God's plan (28-35), In whom shall we trust? (36-39), Comfort my people (40:1-51:11), Grace triumphant (51:12-55:13), and Waiting for a new world (56-66). There are three perspectives that arise from the book's content that are worth highlighting.
One, the content of the book reflects Webb's notion of complete literary unity in Isaiah. This, in turn, effects what Webb believes to be the various theological messages of Isaiah. Webb says that despite the diversity of material in Isaiah, "The opening verse points the reader in a fundamentally different direction. It tells us that what we are about to read is fundamentally one thing, an integrated whole (p. 27).Read more ›
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This commentary makes Isaiah very accessible to all readers. I really like the short paragraphs on each section of the book. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by jewelfinder
Honestly, I have not read every word of this.
I am not a Hebrew scholar, but Webb wrote for
non-Hebrew scholars and he believes the New Testament. Read more
Very useful book on a difficult book of the Bible. I have found it very helpful to open up Isaiah which is one of the more difficult book in the OT to get to grips withPublished on December 7, 2013 by Martin Dale
This commentary is very readable, and gets right to the point. I use it along with Homer Hailey's Commentary and Young's. Webb does a very good job without being verbose. Read morePublished on January 21, 2012 by V. Coccaro
Having never worked through the entire book of Isaiah, I sought assistance from a commentary. I'm so glad I chose this particular one as Mr Webb provides a thorough explanation of... Read morePublished on March 3, 2011 by Ian Acheson
Compared to the Barkley Commentary on Isaiah, this one give a well-rounded account of the history going on behind the scenes of Isaiah's time. Read morePublished on October 18, 2007 by Shannon K. Markley