The Prophecy of Isaiah: An Introduction  Commentary, By J. Alec Motyer
The Prophecy of Isaiah
  • Length: 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: December 15, 1998
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 1593
  • ISBN: 9780830815937

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  • Recipient of a Christianity Today 1994 Critics Choice Award

Among Old Testament prophetic books no other equals Isaiah's brilliance of style and metaphor, its arresting vision of the Holy One of Israel and its kaleidoscopic vision of God's future restoration of Israel and the world. Now, after over three decades of studying and teaching Isaiah, Alec Motyer presents a wealth of commentary and perspective on this book. His emphasis is on the grammatical, historical, structural, literary and theological dimensions of the text. Though based on the Hebrew text, his exposition easily accomodates readers without a working knowledge of biblical Hebrew. And he writes with an interest in Isaiah's meaning for Christians today.

Along the historical timeline on which the Isaianic prophecies are strung, Motyer finds three central and recurring themes: the messianic hope, the motif of the city and the theology of the Holy One of Israel. Moreover, he argues, the Isaianic literature is organized around three messianic portraits: the King (Isaiah 1-37), the Servant (Isaiah 38-55) and the Anointed Conqueror (Isaiah 56-66).

Preachers, teachers and serious Bible students of all types will find this commentary a wise, winsome and welcome guide to the prophecy of Isaiah. It may easily be the best one-volume evangelical commentary on Isaiah available today.

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Chief Abbreviations

The Book of the King - Isaiah 1-37
A. Judah: Diagnosis and Prognosis 1:1-5:30
B. The Triumph of Grace 6:1-12:6
C. The Universal Kingdom 13:1-27:13
D. The Lord of History 28:1-37:38

The Book of the Servant - Isaiah 38-55
A. Historical Prologue: Hezekiah's Fatal Choice 38:1-39:8
B. The Consolation of the World 40:1-42:17
C. The Redemption of Israel 42:18-44:23
D. The Great Deliverance 44:24-48:22
E. The Greater Deliverance 49:1-55:13

The Book of the Anointed Conqueror - Isaiah 56-66
A. The Ideal and the Actual: The Needs and Sins of the Lord's People 56:1-59:13
B. The Coming of the Anointed Conqueror 59:14-63:6
C. Prayer and Response: Steps to the New Heaven and New Earth 63:7-66:24


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J. Alec Motyer

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 series.

Read about his legacy in this article in memoriam from the Gospel Coalition.