It seems that every commentary series produces one truly great classic commentary. While the NIVAC series has produced many wonderful volumes, none compares to the over 500 pages of sheer excellance in commentary writing that John Oswalt has produced in Isaiah [NIVAC].
Oswalt, who has written multiple major commentaries on Isaiah, here skillfully sorts through the complex historical details and the timeless prophecies Isaiah made in light of those circumstances, and brilliantly applies them to our world and our lives as those living under reign of the messiah that the prophet could only see from a distance.
A unique commentary that explores each passage from three vital perspectives: original meaning, bridging context, contemporary significance. Isaiah wrestles with the realities of people who are not convicted by the truth but actually hardened by it, and with a God whose actions sometimes seem unintelligible, or even worse, appears to be absent. Yet Isaiah penetrates beyond these experiences to an even greater reality. Isaiah sees Gods rule over history and his capacity to take the worst of human actions and use it for good. He declares the truth that even in the darkest hours, the Holy One of Israel is infinitely trustworthy.
Dr. John N. Oswalt (PhD, Brandeis University) is Visiting Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including the two-volume commentary on Isaiah in the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series and Called to be Holy: A Biblical Perspective.
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James Montgomery Boice
Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA
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College Church, Wheaton, IL
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Howard J. Hendricks,
Dallas Theological Seminary
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George K. Brushaber,
President, Bethel College & Seminary
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Willow Creek Community Church
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Pastor, Wooddale Church
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Warren W. Weirsbe