on 20 January 2011
This is an excellent commentary by Oswalt. It is detailed in some areas but brief, it is clear and lucid, it is most of all practical and relevant. I also love the fact that he constantly refers the texts to the New Testament context. He shows the relevance of these Old Testament texts not only to our contemporary context but how the New Testament answers or complements the text. Absolutely brilliant. It is the perfect commentary for the the pastor because almost all the work is already done for you. Highly recommended.
on 15 June 2009
I like this series for "devotions", and this volume on Isaiah by John Ostwalt, is one of the best I've read so far in it. All this series provides the full NIV text to each "section", and covers, Original meaning, Bridge Context and Contempory Application. It isn't a verse by verse commentary and I would have preferred more detail in the exegesis, but it does give a very helpful "Broad Brush" approach to Isaiah without getting lost in minutia. As with most of this series it is Conservative Evangelical in Theology.
John Oswalt has also written the highly acclaimed 2 volume Commentary on Isaiah in the NICOT series, so he has much experience to draw on.