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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (7 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664221432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664221430
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Brevard S. Childs is Sterling Professor of Divinity and Fellow of Davenport College at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of two volumes in the WJK Old Testament Library series: The Book of Exodus and Isaiah.


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There has been so much written about the Book of Isaiah that it would take a huge, multi-volume work to do justice to it all. This book cannot do so, but it does cover a surprising amount, though at the cost of being too concise for easy readability. He includes everything from textual criticism to his controversial canonical criticism (see his book "Introduction to the Old Testament As Scripture"). The latter means, in this case, that he does not deny that the book can be split into Isaiahs 1, 2 and 3 but he dismisses it as irrelevant and concentrates on the book as part of scripture. Someone making a detailed study of Isaiah would want several commentaries, of which this should be one. Someone wanting a more modest library with only one commentary on Isaiah could do worse than choose this one.
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This is by a long way the best single volume treatment of Isaiah. Those approaching the book expecting the format Childs' adopted in his commentary on Exodus will be disappointed because the material is much more integrated here. Moreover much of the discussion of the interpretation of the text in Christianity will be found in his "The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture". This commentary attempts to do justice to the book as we now find it while using a variety of approaches to the text, including the diachronic. Childs' canonical approach has never denied the importance of considering how the text reached its canonical form and sometimes understanding the final form is only possible in the light of the development of the text. The only real drawback with this commentary is that to fully appreciate Childs' study you really do have to work through it from cover to cover. The significance of what he is saying is not always realised if the book is dipped into and, in my view, this is why reviewers have sometimes under valued the magnitude of Childs' achievement.
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We were recommended to buy this by our tutor. Studying Isaiah in my final year of a theology degree. The book is a refreshing take on Isaiah, excellently written, easy to study, and makes the book of Isaiah come alive!!!
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For Childs, the final canonical text and context are to be prioritisd in the theological interpretation of Isaiah. However, Childs spents considerably more time and space addressing the prehistorical issues of the text rather than explicating the theological meanings of the finished text as anticipated in his canonical approach. Since Duhm's tripartite text hypothesis is accepted, Childs is inevitably burdened by the concern for tri-unity text and this preoccupation has distracted him from articulating clearly the overaching theological coherence of Isaiah. I have been greatly helped and stimulated by what Childs has written but this volume is disappointing because it failed to achieve what it set out to do.
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HASH(0x9ca9881c) out of 5 stars A lot in a small compass 24 July 2001
By Michael Baxter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There has been so much written about the Book of Isaiah that it would take a huge, multi-volume work to do justice to it all. This book cannot do so, but it does cover a surprising amount, though at the cost of being too concise for easy readability. He includes everything from textual criticism to his controversial canonical criticism (see his book "Introduction to the Old Testament As Scripture"). The latter means, in this case, that he does not deny that the book can be split into Isaiahs 1, 2 and 3 but he dismisses it as irrelevant and concentrates on the book as part of scripture. Someone making a detailed study of Isaiah would want several commentaries, of which this should be one. Someone wanting a more modest library with only one commentary on Isaiah could do worse than choose this one.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca98870) out of 5 stars The Best Single Volume Commentary on Isaiah 14 Nov. 2006
By Dr. Marc Axelrod - Published on Amazon.com
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Brevard Childs packs a wealth of information into this 550 page commentary. He sees Isaiah as a work which was lovingly composed by Isaiah and his followers down through the years. He has an excellent grasp of the theological message of the book, and he is very astute at seeing how chapters 34-35 prepare us for the division between Isaiah 1-39 and 40-66.

Childs also makes many helpful comments on the text itself, giving strong arguments for his interpretations (cf. his excellent discussion on the tested stone of Isaiah 28:16). If I could only use one commentary on Isaiah, this one would be it, although it is kind of expensive at $60. You may want to check to see if you can get it for less.

Rev. Marc Axelrod
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c436a4c) out of 5 stars A Solid Commentary on Isaiah 19 Mar. 2006
By Justin Gohl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am something of a neophyte to Isaiah studies so I lack extensive knowledge about the commentary market for Isaiah. But Childs' commentary must rank near the top. As commentaries go, Childs' volume is very accessible and concise, that is for a commentary on Isaiah 1-66!

Anyone who is familiar with Childs' previous and extensive body of work can expect more of the same. His interests in theological exegesis and so-called canonical criticism charactise this volume and make it especially suited for those who want a commentary on Isaiah, not a commentary on commentaries on Isaiah, although Childs of course does interact with secondary literature where necessary.

Childs' volume on Isaiah is certainly one which all will find helpful, from student to pastor to scholar. One might wish to supplement Childs' volume with the commentaries by Blenkinsopp (AB) and Oswalt (NICOT).
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca98af8) out of 5 stars A response to Francis Gould 10 Aug. 2013
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This work is dedictated to a canonical approach to Scripture. Fracis Gould (a pen name obviously) is terribly misinformed in his understanding of Childs, and the Hebrew language. Isaiah 14 describes Lucifer (translated as son of the morning- an English rendering of this Latin term) and his banishment from the existence of Heaven, not his descending to hell. Hell is not utilized till the end of time (cf Revelation 18 onwards). The Hebrew is still intact and translated well (cf. Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia and the textual note in the apparatus for one varition on the text). next time you make a comment, please use proper English grammer and syntax. If you begin to critique someone's understanding of a foreign language, at least be able to speak clearly and effeciently.
A good commentary for a liberal theologian, which is probabley why liberals don't like him.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca98ca8) out of 5 stars Possibly the best Isaiah commentary out there 21 Sept. 2008
By Quentin D. Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
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While still in seminary I had recourse to over fifteen commentaries on Isaiah. Motyer is a fine commentary on Isaiah, but Childs's insights are superb. I recommend both for anyone serious about Isaiah.
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