This unique commentary allows the interpretation of Isaiah 1-39 to be guided by the final form of the whole book of Isaiah. It focuses on the theological aspects of Isaiah, giving special attention to the role of literary context. Christopher Seitz explores structural and organizational concerns as clues to the editorial intention of the final form of the material, which he argues is both intelligible and an intended result of the efforts of those who gave shape to the present form of the book. He speaks of the "presentation" of Isaiah (the way in which the prophet and his message have been shaped for posterity), and shows how many structural indications provide clues to interpretation. Seitz casts light upon the larger shape of the entire book of Isaiah.
“Chapter 6 establishes the prophet as cleansed and set apart from a nation of unclean lips. His guilt is taken away and his sin forgiven. As such he is free to step forward and respond when God calls—something the nation is forbidden. He can hear and see; they can do neither.” (Page 55)
“ Before we encounter a people who see a great light, we must first encounter a people thrust into thick darkness.” (Page 87)
“the New Testament, which cites Isaiah more than any other book in the Old Testament” (Page 1)
“Isaiah 6 is a prophetic commissioning within the framework of throne scene. The constituent elements of this type of call account include the description of the vision, cry of distress, cleansing ritual, divine consultation, free declaration of fitness for the task, and commissioning.” (Page 54)
“This is surely the other reason why the Book of Isaiah is so frequently cited in the New Testament: Isaiah is not just a prophet of salvation but a prophet who sees God’s salvation affecting all nations and peoples.” (Page 40)
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—W. Eugene March, A.B. Rhodes Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
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Christopher R. Seitz is Professor of Old Testament and Theological Studies at the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland.