The Book of Isaiah 1-39: New International Commentary on the Old Testament [NICOT]
By far Oswalt's work on Isaiah is superior
John Oswalt's work on Isaiah in the NICOT series is the best available. His exegesis is clear and dependable; his Biblical theology is obvious throughout the work. He unashamedly holds to the reality of a single author for Isaiah and diligently presents the text in its appropriate historical context with superb theological insight into the writings. In my opinion there is only one other commentary on Isaiah that is a good companion and that is the work of J.A. Motyer. Oswalt's work on Isaiah in the NIVAC series is not near to the quality of work in these volumes. I highly recommend them for any serius study/preaching in Isaiah.
January 18, 2011
I have read well over a hundred commentaries and in my layman opinion, John Oswalt's two volume work on the book of Isaiah is the best I've read. As I read commentaries, I normally highlight in yellow passages that I find particularly interesting and mark with a star those which resonate most forcefully. If you looked at my copy of Oswalt's Isaiah, you would find it littered with stars and yellow highlights. His work has just the right balance of scholarly and technical content with inspirational content. I can guarantee that with Oswalt at your side, you will gain a new appreciation for the book of Isaiah.
January 16, 2010
I really appreciate this style of commentary. It explains each verse very well and dissects words to establish the original meaning excellently. The book outline is an excellent tool too. It is a must have for any serious Bible Student or Teacher or Pastor.
September 14, 2007
This may be the best commentary I've ever read. It is wonderfully readable, scholarly, and deeply profound. Oswalt treats the Scripture with profound respect, while dealing with the issues of critical scholarship. As a preacher, I find this commentary to be very useful.
October 29, 2002