For over one hundred years International Critical Commentaries have had a special place among works on the Bible. They bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis - linguistic, textual, archaeological, historical, literary, and theological–to help the reader understand the meaning of the books of the Old and New Testaments. The new commentaries continue this tradition. All new evidence now available is incorporated and new methods of study are applied. The authors are of the highest international standing. No attempt has been made to secure a uniform theological or critical approach to the biblical text: contributors have been invited for their scholarly distinction, not for their adherence to any one school of thought.
“‘This people’ (6:9, 10) has again become ‘my people’ (40:1).” (Volume 1, Page 58)
“Isaiah 1–39 contains a number of explicit references to the Judah of the eighth century BC when Assyria was the great middle-eastern power, and to the activity of a prophet called Isaiah ben Amoz in that period. Isaiah 40–55 contains a number of explicit references to the circumstances of the sixth century BC when Babylon was the great power. The Babylonian period is spoken of not as future, as if Isaiah were prophesying it, but as present, as if the prophecies come from someone who is contemporary with it.” (Volume 1, Pages 1–2)
“It puts the stress in the verse on the fact of the comfort rather than the comforters’ identity.” (Volume 1, Page 64)
“More plausibly the Tg has ‘prophets’ being urged to ‘prophesy comforts’.” (Volume 1, Page 63)
“This context has made explicit who this servant is (see 41:8–9). It is Jacob-Israel. It has been suggested that the servant is more individual and more active than Jacob-Israel, but that is not especially so here in 42:1–4.” (Volume 1, Page 212)
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John Goldingay is David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, and formerly principal of St John’s Theological College, Nottingham, United Kingdom. He has written numerous commentaries, including Psalms (3 vols.) in the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms, Isaiah in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series, and Daniel in the Word Biblical Commentary series.
David Payne was director of studies at London School of Theology (London Bible College).
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