Book Notice: THE BOOK OF ISAIAH: AN INTRODUCTORY COMMENTARY, by Ronald F. Youngblood

Published on January 17, 2024 by Eugene Ho

Wipf & Stock, 2000 | 174 pages

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by Fred G. Zaspel

 

Ronald Youngblood (1931-2014) was a long-time professor at Bethel Seminary in St.Paul and then in San Diego. He was also one of the original translators of the New International Version

This little book on Isaiah was first published in 1984, but I read through it only recently. I have become a great fan of brief survey-type commentaries, which is just what this book is intended to be. It will not suffice for in-depth study, of course, but it is just what it purports to be—an “introductory commentary.” Many specific passages are barely scanned, but the comments guide the reader through this marvelous prophecy quickly and briefly, tracing the progression of thought throughout. As such it fills a useful niche. If you want a brief run-through of Isaiah, this is a great place to start.

I have not read his related title, Themes from Isaiah: A Bible Commentary for Laymen, but I suspect it will be helpful on this level also. Alfred Martin’s survey commentary is another older yet briefer introductory commentary on Isaiah.

For more in-depth study of Isaiah, you can scarcely do better than Alec Motyer. His TOTC commentary is superb, and his The Prophecy of Isaiah provides more thorough exposition. 

 

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THE BOOK OF ISAIAH: AN INTRODUCTORY COMMENTARY, by Ronald F. Youngblood

Wipf & Stock, 2000 | 174 pages

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