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The Theology of the Book of Isaiah
August 25, by Joshua Vincent. This fall we are launching a new series in the book of Isaiah entitled Looking at Jesus: King, Servant, and Conqueror. Some might wonder why anyone would get their hopes up about an Old Testament book written to Judah almost three millennia ago. Jesus would tell us to pay careful attention to Isaiah as well. So, Paul said Isaiah teaches Christians how to live a godly life, and Jesus said look for me when you read your Old Testament. This may explain why Jesus quotes Isaiah more than any other prophet.
Who wrote the book?
The Book of Isaiah , comprising 66 chapters, is one of the most profound theological and literarily expressive works in the Bible. Compiled over a period of about two centuries the latter half of the 8th to the latter half of the 6th century bce , the Book of Isaiah is generally divided by scholars into two sometimes three major sections, which are called First Isaiah chapters 1—39 , Deutero-Isaiah chapters 40—55 or 40—66 , and—if the second section is subdivided—Trito- Isaiah chapters 56— First Isaiah contains the words and prophecies of Isaiah, a most important 8th-century bce prophet of Judah, written either by himself or his contemporary followers in Jerusalem from c. The first of these two additions was probably written by a later disciple or disciples of Isaiah about bce ; the second addition is divided into two sections—chapters 33—35, written during or after the exile to Babylon in bce , and chapters 36—39, which drew from the source used by the Deuteronomic historian in II Kings, chapters 18— The canonical Book of Isaiah, after editorial redaction, probably assumed its present form during the 4th century bce. Isaiah, a prophet, priest, and statesman, lived during the last years of the northern kingdom and during the reigns of four kings of Judah: Uzziah Azariah , Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah.