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The Prophecy of Isaiah

An Introduction Commentary

by J. Alec Motyer

The Prophecy of Isaiah
  • Length: 544 pages
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  • Published: November 11, 2015
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 9524
  • ISBN: 9780830895243

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Three Decades of Wisdom in a One-Volume Commentary on Isaiah

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.

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).

In this wise, winsome, and welcome guide to the prophecy of Isaiah, preachers, teachers and serious Bible students of all types will find:

  • A wealth of commentary and perspective drawn from over three decades of study and teaching,
  • An emphasis on the grammatical, historical, structural, literary, and theological dimensions of the text, and
  • Commentary that easily accommodates readers without a working knowledge of biblical Hebrew and speaks to Isaiah's meaning for Christians today.

This may easily be the best one-volume evangelical commentary on Isaiah available today.

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Author's Preface
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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.