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Isaiah: Interpreted by Early Christian and Medieval Commentators
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Isaiah: Interpreted by Early Christian and Medieval Commentators

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Eerdmans 2007

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In his extremely thorough work on Isaiah, Robert Wilken brings to bear his considerable knowledge of early Christianity. Drawing on writings of the church fathers—Eusebius of Caesarea, Ambrose, Jerome, Cyril of Alexandria, Theodoret of Cyrus, Bernard of Clairvaux, and nearly 60 others—all of them masterfully translated, this work allows the complex words of Isaiah to come alive.

Wilken’s selection of ancient commentators clearly illuminates how Isaiah was used by the New Testament writers and understood by the early church fathers. Each chapter begins with a modern English translation of the septuagint, prepared by Moisés Silva. Editorial comments provide a foundation for understanding the excerpted commentaries and other writings that follow for each chapter.

Isaiah: Interpreted by Early Christian and Medieval Commentators is ideal for devotional and spiritual reading and for a deeper understanding of the church’s historical interpretation of this major prophet.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Interested in the whole series? Be sure to check out The Church’s Bible (4 vols.).

Key Features

  • Draws on writings of the church fathers
  • Illuminates how Isaiah was used by the New Testament writers and understood by the early church fathers
  • Provides a foundation for understanding the excerpted commentaries

Praise for the Print Edition

This addition to the Church’s Bible series makes available a remarkably rich selection from the great volume of Christian commentary on Isaiah written during the church’s first millennium. It is significant both historically, as a contribution to the history of biblical interpretation, and theologically, as an expression of faith nourished by an attentive and devout reading of ‘the sacred page.’

Joseph Blenkinsopp, John A. O’Brien Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, University of Notre Dame

The Isaiah volume in The Church’s Bible is as intellectually and aesthetically delightful as its predecessors in this series, and it is an essential resource for anyone who wants to see what this Hebrew prophet has meant to Christians.

Paul J. Griffiths, Warren Professor of Catholic Theology, Duke Divinity School

This outstanding volume opens a new window on the text of one of Israel’s most beloved prophets, Isaiah. I found myself continually entranced by the innumerable insights that the early Christian theological imagination was able to cull from its biblical source. The approach taken by these writers is often as hard-hitting as it is edifying. One of the real attractions of the volume is that the selections provided are long enough that one can take a favorite interpreter and follow him through the course of the whole book.

Gary Anderson, Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Theology, University of Notre Dame

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About Robert Louis Wilken

Robert Louis Wilken is the William R Kenan Jr. Chair in the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia. He is the author of many books including The Christians as the Romans Saw Them.