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The Prophecy of Isaiah: An Introduction & Commentary Paperback – December 15, 1993
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"Motyer's greatest contribution yet to Old Testament scholarship." (The Church of England Newspaper)
"Highly recommended." (BTS Booklist)
"Exceptional." (The Communicator)
"Winner of a 1994 Critics Choice Award." (Christianity Today)
About the Author
J. Alec Motyer (1924–2016) was a renowned Old Testament pastor and scholar. With extensive experience in parish ministry, he was principal of Trinity College in Bristol, England, and was well known as a Bible expositor. His books include The Prophecy of Isaiah, and he was the Old Testament editor of The Bible Speaks Today commentary series.
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It's been said that the Book of Isaiah could be called the 5th Gospel. Except for the Psalms, Jesus quoted from Isaiah more than any other Old Testament book. And in my opinion you can never fully understand the Gospels until you've read Isaiah and have a good understanding of this and all of the Old Testament books. Because Jesus is the Word...and the Word was with God....and the Word was God.
This is a very in depth commentary and study guide to the book of Isaiah. And it will take quite a while to digest this entire book. But you're willing to take your time and read this and follow along in the Bible, and do so in the Spirit, you will truly be blessed.
As you read this you'll be amazed at how things are made so clear...things you may have missed in the past will simply jump out at you. It will make you sit back and go "wow, how did I not see that!".
If you're a serious Bible student, teacher, or pastor, the I highly recommend you purchase this book as an invaluable addition to your Biblical library.
Dr. Motyer ( pronounced Mo-te'ah) was one of the most renowned Old Testament scholars in the world. He spent most of his life studying and researching the book of Isaiah.
Sadly, for this world, Dr. Motyer went home to be with the Lord on August 26, 2016. But he left behind an abundance of works that is truly a gift from God!
But the heart of this commentary is not about literary design or textual criticism. The heart of this commentary is about explaining in a well reasoned way the basic exegetical idea paragraph after paragraph with references to related issues sprinkled throughout the commentary.
One negative is that the format of the text is condensed in my view and therefore a little less comfortable to read than say the NICOT or NIVAC formats.
This past Sunday I worked on Isaiah 38-39. Motyer sees that as the beginning of a new section that ends in Isaiah 55. His outline is interesting and his explanations defending his outline are good. In Isaiah 38-39 he deals with Hezekiah's predicatment and outlines the passage with a Chiastic structure that points to Hezekiah's deeper challenge that seems to underlie the text. I found that in this passage at least, Motyer's comments were more illuminating than even the excellently written NIVAC by Oswalt or the NICOT by Oswalt. Motyer sees the Chiasm in Isaiah 38-39 as pointing to Hezekiah's difficulty in obeying the point of the law where Judah is not to make alliances with foreign nations.
The poetic structure with an emphasis on the dedication of Hezekiah in 38:8-22 and the defection of Hezekiah in 39:1-2 is a fresh and preaching alliterated point that I actually ended up using in my sermon on Hezekiah.
My respect for this author has been on the rise the more I look into his work. He packs a lot into every page. Excellent book, well worth the shekels.