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“Some of the names singly, and even more in combination, are as applied to men unparalleled in the OT, and on this account are regarded by Gressmann (p. 280ff.) as mythological and traditional: cp. also Rosenmüller’s Scholia.—Wonderful Counsellor] Like God Himself (28:29; 25:1), the Messiah will give counsel that will be exceptional, exceeding what has hitherto been known or heard.—Mighty God] cp. 10:21; ‘the great (and) the mighty God,’ Dt 10:17; Neh 9:32; Jer 32:18.” (Page 173)
“Ahaz declines the offer, asserting that he is unwilling to tempt Yahweh by making Him prove His power (cp. Ex 17:7). Isaiah is not deceived by this show of piety, but interprets the king’s refusal of a sign as an indication of his unwillingness to accept the guidance of Yahweh, and his determination to pursue his own policy.” (Page 121)
“The doom of the people is inevitably fixed: there is to be no further healing of their sick state” (Page 109)
“rests on a misconception of what the term אות, sign, necessarily implies” (Page 124)
Of great value is the commentary of G. Buchanan Gray on the first twenty-seven chapters of Isaiah. From the point of view of philology the work is excellent, and the discussion of the versions is very valuable. The book will long remain a standard work of reference.
—Westminster Theological Journal