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The Prophecy of Isaiah

, 1996
ISBN: 9780830814244


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Drawing on a lifetime of study and teaching the book, J. Alec Motyer presents a landmark, single-volume commentary on the prophecy of Isaiah. He emphasizes the grammatical, historical, structural, literary, and theological dimensions of the text, and pays particular attention to three central and recurring themes: the messianic hope, the motif of the city, and the theology of the Holy One of Israel.

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  • Title: The Prophecy of Isaiah
  • Author: J. Alec Motyer
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Print Publication Date: 1996
  • Logos Release Date: 2001
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. Isaiah › Commentaries
  • ISBNs: 9780830814244, 0830814248
  • Resource ID: LLS:29.28.2
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-28T20:02:06Z

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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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  1. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson


  2. Philemon Schott
  3. Sande James

    Sande James


    Be blessed at all

  4. Charlie O'Neal
    Great work here. I love it.

  5. Hwang Jun Chul
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  7. Daniel E Lee

    Daniel E Lee


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    Paulo Rabello


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    There can be no doubt that this is a major commentary. The author argues from a modern evangelical standpoint for the intrinsic unity of the work and proves that evangelical scholars are not inferior to their liberal counterparts. Motyer divides the work into three sections (Book of the King 1-37, Book of the Servant 38-55, Book of the Anointed Conqueror 56-66) thereby placing the Messianic focus at the centre of the prophet's vision. For me the strength of the work lies in its detailed exegesis, although a great deal of attention is also devoted to structural analysis of each section. Pastors will find this an outstanding commentary for sermon preparation. The author has a gift in his ability to translate ancient Isaianic concepts into a modern idiom, making Isaiah thoroughly contemporaneous. In addition, the author penetrates into the heart of the work in a way other evangelical writers have not (e.g. Oswalt's commentary which is steady but dry and nowhere near as engaging). Motyer's brilliance may be illustrated in his discussion of Isaiah 58 which deals with the question of fasting. Motyer reckons that the problem here is that the Sabbath had been turned into a fast day, when in fact it was a feast day: He writes: "The Lord is more interested in enjoyment of his blessings through obedience than in self-imposed deprivations. The heart of true religion is to conform to what God has ordained." (483) On the critical level: the visual presentation of the commentary is difficult to follow. The structural analyses of units seems forced and the Motyer often provides no answer to questions that I had raised in my reading. I would also have liked, since this is a Christian reading, a greater dialogue with ancient interpreters, notably Calvin. Motyer quotes Calvin but he has clearly not engaged with his exegesis, nor that of Luther, or any other ancient writer for that fact. Once I detected a clear anti-liturgical bias ("A religion of rite and formalism has no divine authorization", 46) and there are some typos (Is 57.19 on page 479 should be 57.18). In conclusion: this is a wise commentary choice on Isaiah (alongside that of Brueggemann and Child) although the author does not really engage with the critical issues raised by modern scholars. Motyer also wrote a commentary on Isaiah in the Tyndale series. This large commentary is to be preferred to that. The Tyndale edition is a poorly edited downsized edition of this one, and leaves out most of the good stuff.

  10. Robert J Richardson


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