I appreciate the textual footnotes. He uses just enough to maintain relevance.
In these books, Young tends to charge into personal/social application or prophetic prediction without looking into what personal/social issues were being addressed by the writer of Isaiah in his historical context. Young will often start down that road and I'll ask myself, "Why is Young on this? I don't even know what Isaiah ment by it - and Young is talking modern politics!" After I notice the logical disjunct, Young will go on for four or six pages elaborating on his (what I see to be a) wrong turn. It's not very helpful as a resource to consult first. I'm finding that in my studies of Isaiah I am consulting many other resources before going to Young (if I still have time for him). If you are looking for a commentator to spend some extended time with, consider the "NIV Application Commentary on Isaiah" by Oswalt. I often disagree with his approach too; but when I do, Oswalt's elaborations don't go on for pages and pages.
These books are well written, but require the reader to have an understanding of English grammar. If you are willing to advance your grammar skills this is a must have. The author is well versed in other persons interpretations and gives sound reasons for agreeing or disagreeing with them. Anyone who wants an indepth perspective of the richness of Isaiah this set is for you. I'm grateful to have acquired this work at such a great price!
Dr. Edward Young has produced a comprehensive, verse-by-verse, three volume commentary on the Old Testament Book of Isaiah. He states that the purpose of his work is to let Isaiah speak for himself, and to "endeavor to understand what he says." His target audience is the minister and Sunday School teacher, so linguistic and technical discussions are often relegated to footnotes. At the same time, his scholarship is sound, and he cites a rich variety of resources, both ancient and modern. The translation of Isaiah which he uses in this commentary is his own. His theological stance is conservative, and the commentary presents Isaiah as the work of a single author. While he argues in favor of this view, he acknowledges that many modern scholars disagree, and he devotes Appendix II of volume 2 to a discussion of their viewpoints. In my own role as a an Adult Sunday School Class teacher, I find his exposition to be useful and relevant, without going too far over my head. I wish there were more commentaries like this.