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By far Oswalt's work on Isaiah is superior
January 18, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
When I did a study on the book of Isaiah I gathered several highly recommended commentaries. It was not long before I relied upon Oswalt before any other text. Very scholarly but reasonably easy to read. He holds to the unity of the book (the entire book written by a single man, Isaiah, about 700 BC) but deals with the controversial portions, giving support to why he believes in a single author. The book is up-to-date, giving variances as found in the Dead Sea Scrolls while always holding to the integrity of the text. If I was forced to buy only one commentary on Isaiah it would be Oswalt's (although no library is complete without both Oswalt's and Edward Young's).