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Prophecy of Isaiah Paperback – 16 Jul 1993


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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: IVP; New edition edition (16 July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851116523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851116525
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.9 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alec Motyer gives us the fruit of over three decades of the study of Isaiah. With reference to the Hebrew text.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Heath on 9 Jun. 2009
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A readable yet academically rigorous commentary by a scholar who heeds the text and message that he's commentating on, and wants to accurately and helpfully expose its meaning, rather than to make a name for himself by twisting the text to fit personal prejudices. Commentaries don't get much better than this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Baruch on 22 May 2012
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Three and a half stars, if that were possible.

This is a disappointing commentary, considering what it might have been. It's under IVP's Academic imprint, but this is not really an academic book. It could have been, considering Motyer's life-long engagement with Isaiah, and the breadth of his scholarship, but IVP appear to have opted for something less.

The strengths are above all in Motyer's grasp of the structure of the book as a whole. This is not merely his endorsement of the traditional evangelical opinion on unity of authorship / pre-exilic dating for the later sections, although many conservatives will find his arguments there helpful. It is in particular in his sense of the book's poetry, his ability to identify poetic structures as they give cohesion to individual oracles. For readers who understand Isaiah as Christocentric, there are many suggestive and insightful remarks. In details of translation Motyer is often sharp and concise.

The weaknesses are several. First, there is simply not enough detailed analysis of the text. Many words go without any discussion. There is virtually no consideration of textual variants - almost no reference in the book to either the LXX or to the Qumran Isaiah. The corollary of this is that Motyer moves far too readily to a moral or devotional application. Not that what he says in this vein isn't sometimes helpful - though it does tend to disregard concrete political or economic issues - it's just that there is a need for more substantial work on the text of Isaiah. Often this commentary reads like either a TOTC or a Bible Speaks Today.

The crying shame is that Motyer didn't provide his own translation. Presumably following IVP policy, the book refers primarily to the NIV.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PJ from Lancashire on 20 April 2012
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I was looking for a basic commentary on Isaiah but this book is more for the academic or student committed to indepth study. For such persons I would recommend
this book.
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By Steve on 23 Sept. 2010
Have mostly been looking into Isaiah 58 and have this commentary really helpful. Not an easy read but lots of insight.
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By Dawn Treacher on 2 Aug. 2014
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