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Isaiah 1-39 (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

by Joseph Blenkinsopp

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An introduction to Isaiah, a translation and a commentary on Isaiah 1-39.

The author does well at establishing the history of interpretation of the text over the past 200 years or so, with some reference to commentators and others from earlier periods. He definitely holds to the belief in composite authorship, and the attempt to establish when and where the various pieces of material were composed takes up much of the discussion.

Comments on the difficulties in the text itself and the evidence from the versions has benefit, as does the author's discussion of the 8th century context of Isaiah. Much of the commentary, however, is difficult to accept if one does not believe in the composite authorship theory. ( )
  deusvitae | Nov 17, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385497164, Hardcover)

Writing a commentary on the book of Isaiah in the middle of a paradigm shift in biblical studies, and in the study of the prophetic books in particular, is no easy task. The book of Isaiah has been the object of more scholarly interest over the past two or three decades than during the preceding century. At the same time, much of the received wisdom on the formation of the book has been called into question, including such matters as the date of its several components, the standard tripartite division, the role (if any) to be assigned to the prophet Isaiah himself, and the passages dealing with the anonymous Servant of the Lord. A great deal of effort has been, and continues to be, expended in exploring new approaches to the book, both within the conventional critical methodologies and beyond them.
This commentary by Joseph Blenkinsopp on the first thirty-nine chapters of the book, the first of a three-volume commentary on Isaiah, is written from a critical perspective in the belief that only in this way can these texts be given the opportunity to say what they have to say—and also in the conviction that what they have to say still retains its transforming power for those willing to listen attentively today. The result is a commentary of unequaled brilliance and insight that will stand as the definitive study of one of the Hebrew Bible’s most compelling and elusive books.

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Yale University Press

2 editions of this book were published by Yale University Press.

Editions: 0385513798, 0300139616

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