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Prophecy of Isaiah Surprisingly, In Recent Years Evangelical Exegetical Commentaries On Isaiah Have Been Few And Far Between Now After Over Three Decades Of Studying And Teaching Isaiah, Alec Motyer Presents A Wealth Of Comment And Perspective On This Book Although His Emphasis Is On The Grammatical, Historical, Structural, Literary And Theological Dimensions Of The Text, Motyer Writes With An Eye On Its Meaning For Christians Today Based On The Author S Knowledge Of The Hebrew Text, But Utilizing The New International Version, The Commentary Easily Accommodates Readers Without A Working Knowledge Of Biblical HebrewPreachers, 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 The Commentary on Isaiah A readable yet academically rigorous commentary by a scholar who heeds the text and message that he s commentating on, and wants to accurately and helpfully expose its meaning, rather than to make a name for himself by twisting the text to fit personal prejudices Commentaries don t get much better than this. Outstanding in detail and sound, in depth exposition A book to take time to ponder. Excellent I was looking for a basic commentary on Isaiah but this book is for the academic or student committed to indepth study For such persons I would recommendthis book. Three and a half stars, if that were possible.This is a disappointing commentary, considering what it might have been It s under IVP s Academic imprint, but this is not really an academic book It could have been, considering Motyer s life long engagement with Isaiah, and the breadth of his scholarship, but IVP appear to have opted for something less.The strengths are above all in Motyer s grasp of the structure of the book as a whole This is not merely his endorsement of the traditional evangelical opinion on unity of authorship pre exilic dating for the later sections, although many conservatives will find his arguments there helpful It is in particular in his sense of the book s poetry, his ability to identify poetic structures as they give cohesion to individual oracles For readers who understand Isaiah as Christocentric, there are many suggestive and insightful remarks In details of translation Motyer is often sharp and concise.The weaknesses are several First, there is simply not enough detailed analysis of the text Many words go without any discussion There is virtually no consideration of textual variants almost no reference in the book to either the LXX or to the Qumran Isaiah The corollary of this is that Motyer moves far too readily to a moral or devotional application Not that what he says in this vein isn t sometimes helpful though it does tend to disregard concrete political or economic issues it s just that there is a need for substantial work on the text of Isaiah Often this commentary reads like either a TOTC or a Bible Speaks Today.The crying shame is that Motyer didn t provide his own translation Presumably following IVP policy, the book refers primarily to the NIV Unfortunately a high proportion of Motyer s references to the NIV are to point out its failings Having Motyer s own translation would also have made the book much useable As it is, the layout is not good, and the content moves unpredictably between exegesis and application Although Motyer is often a model of clarity, his writing in this seems awkward Reading it, I found myself wishing for the clarity of organisation and layout found in the Anchor series though I could do without Anchor s bad setting and printing.What might have been, if there had been a strong editor It s well worth having The go to book on Isaiah Sadly not. Preparing for a recent preaching series in church, I bought a wide variety of commentaries on Isaiah But if I had to chose only one, this would be it

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