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  1. Grace for Sinners
    Simpsonville, SC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Gospel Read
    August 23, 2012
    Grace for Sinners
    Simpsonville, SC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    As much as I have studied the Scriptures and the Old Testament, I have not spent much time thinking about how to present the gospel to Jews. In The Gospel According to Isaiah 53 each chapter's author plows through the rich gospel soil of Isaiah 53 and the deftly applies it to approaching Jews with the gospel of the Messiah. You will not find a more solid book about Isaiah 53 and the Suffering Servant than this one. The chapters cover the necessary scholarly ground for each focus and carefully unpack the meaning in the text. Without delving into the hundreds of scholarly articles and Jewish writings on Isaiah 53 you won't get as fair and comprehensive treatment elsewhere.

    Part 1 establishes the exegetical groundwork by examining the Christian and Jewish interpretations of this chapter. Reading this section was drinking from a theological water hose--so much rich information and background. Part 2 deconstructs the macro interpretation into more focused themes. So you have a chapter on the identity of the servant, Isaiah 53 and the gospels, forgiveness, and atonement and cultic terminology.

    Part 3 gets into the nitty gritty of communicating the truths about the Messiah and the gospel from Isaiah 53 to modern Jews. In chapter 10 "Using Isaiah 53 in Jewish Evangelism," Mitch Glaser had some clear insights into presenting the gospel to modern Jews (p. 246). I also found myself thinking that his practical tips for gospeling would translate well with other peoples with minor changes. Also, chapter 11 "Preaching Isaiah 53" would be immensely helpful for pastors seeking to preach the gospel from the Old Testament. Most of the really awful sermons I have heard are from the Old Testament. It seems to take a more skilled hand and more precision to handle the text careful. Sunukjian logically and precisely lays out the structure and theme of the chapter and provides considerations for drawing out the truths therein.

    Although the focus is the Jewish context the book would be helpful for all Christians who are seeking to understand the gospel in the Old Testament. If you are familiar with Christian terminology and are a determined read you shouldn't find the reading overly challenging. There are some technical discussions of Hebrew and biblical criticism but you can still grasp the flow and overall thrust without a full comprehension of the intricacies of Old Testament scholarship. Hiking a mountain is arduous but the view at the end is worth it and so the gospel and skill at finding it in the Old Testament is worth the hard-work. I agree with the authors that Isaiah 53 is one of the clearest gospel and Messiah passages in the Old Testament. As such, The Gospel According to Isaiah 53 would be an invaluable resource to keep on your shelf.

    A free copy of this book was provided by Kregel.
  2. RachelA
    Statesville, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Not your average Theology Book
    August 17, 2012
    RachelA
    Statesville, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    *This book was sent free of charge for a non-biased opinion of the book. No money was exchanged for the above review.

    Perhaps you have wondered about the interpretations held about Isaiah 53. Maybe as a Christian, you think "Why can't a Jewish person read Isaiah 53 and see that it's pointing straight to Jesus as Messiah?" Maybe as a Jew you are thinking "Why do Christians automatically point to Isaiah 53 as a prophecy that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah?" No matter, if you are Jewish or Christian, this book is a valuable addition to your library.

    As a Biblical Studies student, I am constantly looking for books that will help me expound upon the themes in the Bible. Bock and Glaser have provided any seminary student with such a book. This book doesn't come across overtly "Christian" nor does it deny the Jewish stance of Isaiah 53. This book isn't written at such an academic/professional level that a lay member couldn't read it, however, there could be some difficulty if you have never studied the Jewish roots of the Christian faith or are not at least familiar with Judaism and its history.

    There are several questions that are answered within this book and by giving clear answers this book is one that will really help anyone who is interested in learning more about the interpretations of Isaiah 53. Christian or Jew, this book, is one that any seminary student or professional minister will benefit from; especially in helping to understand the ancient context of which this book and chapter was written.
  3. Jason
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Good News of Isaiah 53, INDEED!
    August 9, 2012
    Jason
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Gospel According to Isaiah 53

    What a powerful testament by a collection of solid scholars. With D. Bock and Mitch Glaser as the general editors, the text includes work from David Allen; Richard Averbeck; Michael Brown; Robert Chisholm Jr.; Craig Evans; Walter Kaiser Jr.; and others! That's a powerhouse line-up, all with their eyes on one mission: explore the theology of the suffering servant of Isaiah 53.

    This book is particularly geared at witnessing to the Jewish tradition, that which does not view Jesus Christ the Son of God as the Messiah that is popularly understood as being alluded to in Isaiah 53. This mission drives the authors of the book so much that there are even example sermons at the end of the book following exegetical data. Let's take a look at the book in more detail ...

    The break down of the book is as follows:

    PART 1: Interpretation

    - Christian Interpretation of Isaiah 53

    - Jewish Interpretation of Isaiah 53

    PART 2: Isaiah 53 in Biblical Theology

    - Identity and Mission of the 'Servant of the Lord'

    - Isaiah 53 and the Message of Salvation in the Four Gospels

    - Isaiah 53 in Acts 8

    - Isaiah 53 in the Letters of Peter, Paul, Hebrews, and John

    - Substitutionary Atonement and Cultic Terminology

    - Forgiveness and Salvation in Isaiah 53

    PART 3: Isaiah 53 and Practical Theology

    - Postmodern Themes from Isaiah 53

    - Using Isaiah 53 in Jewish Evangelism

    - Preaching Isaiah 53

    *Conclusion

    *Appendix A: Expositional Sermon on Isaiah 53

    *Appendix B: Dramatic-Narrative Sermon on Isaiah 53

    *Scripture Index

    *Subject Index

    My own thoughts on the book is that these guys nailed it. They have a passion for reaching the Jewish audience as well as equipping Christians with the background knowledge to what is may be the most compelling prophetic statement in all of Scripture. Isaiah 53 is a stumbling block for so many, but The Gospel According to Isaiah 53 provides Christians with the foundation needed to have the conversation with those who do not find Jesus Christ in the prophetic statement.

    That being said, I do not see Jesus directly in the text as many authors of the text do. They come from what appears to be a very Christocentric perspective (correct me if I'm wrong). In other words, they might find it a flaw to not read Jesus Christ into the passage in place of the suffering servant. I would caution the interpretation of this text to say that Isaiah 53 points toward Christ (What is often termed "Christotelic"). In other words, and in my opinion, the original audience would not have read this and thought of God's Son Jesus Christ as the suffering servant. We have to rest at the point before moving forward because there is a lot of application for the immediate audience before it reaches us. It also appears that the editors approach the text from dispensational presuppositions -- again, not where I would land but I hold nothing against their research and am not fine-tuned enough to say where their exegesis of the text is weak. I would say that the book is worth its price for Walter Kaiser's chapter alone. :)

    I would highly encourage anyone who wishes to better understand the Jewish perspective and how a Christian ought to approach that perspective.
  4. papa
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Isaiah 53
    July 31, 2012
    papa
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    It is very well written, I was expecting a book that presented Isaiah 53 more as The Gospel, instead of primarily as it relates to Jewish people. The sole purpose of the book is that and for me didn't flow as well, but still it is a good book. I would recommend it to someone with qualification,
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