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Concordia Commentary: Isaiah 40–55



“Isaiah 40–55 contains some of the best-known, most-cherished, and theologically significant texts in the Bible . . . Isaiah 40–55 provides us with the vocabulary and conceptual framework to understand the nature and purpose of the Father’s mission in and through his Son, Jesus, with the Spirit” (from the introduction).

Dr. Lessing’s scholarly expertise and decades of service as a seminary professor and pastor are evident as he meticulously expounds the text, historical setting, theology, Christology, and pastoral applications of “the fifth Gospel.” He explains why the prophet’s saving message, soaring language, and unforgettable imagery are so tightly woven into the fabric of Christian hymnody, liturgy, and prayer. Pericopes from chapters 40–55, which include the Suffering Servant Songs, permeate the lectionary throughout the church year.

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Key Features

  • Analyzes Isaiah’s language, imagery, and themes
  • Affirms the divine inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture Text
  • Engages contemporary life and culture


  • This Commentary’s Method
  • The Authorship of Isaiah 40–55
  • The History of Isaiah Studies
  • The Historical Setting of Isaiah 40–55
  • The Structure and Outline of Isaiah 40–55
  • Genres in Isaiah 40–55
  • The Text of Isaiah 40–55
  • The Theology of Isaiah 40–55
  • The Servant Songs in Isaiah 40–55
  • Isaiah 40–55 and the Reuse of Old Testament Texts
  • Commentary on 40:1–48:22—Yahweh Calls Cyrus to Get Israel Out of Babylon
  • Commentary on 49:1–55:13—Yahweh Calls the Suffering Servant to Get Babylon Out of Israel
  • Title: Isaiah 40–55
  • Author: R. Reed Lessing
  • Series: Concordia Commentary
  • Publisher: Concordia
  • Print Publication Date: 2011
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 792
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. Isaiah 40-55 › Commentaries
  • Resource ID: LLS:CONCOM23IS40
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-10-21T20:12:16Z

The Logos Bible Software editions of this volume from the Concordia Commentary Series is designed to encourage and stimulate your study and understanding of the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and original-language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. In addition, you can perform powerful searches by topic and find what other authors, scholars, and theologians have to say about Christ throughout all of the collection.

R. Reed Lessing is senior pastor at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He earned his MDiv, STM, and PhD degrees from Concordia Seminary, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was ordained into the office of the holy ministry in 1986, and from 1986 to 1999, he served pastorates in West Monroe, Louisiana, and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Lessing was also a professor of exegetical theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, from 1999 to 2013. Lessing has written Interpreting Discontinuity: Isaiah’s Tyre Oracle, and along with Andrew Steinmann, he coauthored an introduction to the Old Testament, Prepare the Way of the Lord. Lessing is also the author of the volumes on Jonah, Amos, and Isaiah 40–55, as well as the forthcoming volume on Zechariah, in the Concordia Commentary series.


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