Recognizing the need for a basic understanding of this rich prophetic book, the author has written a general introduction. He covers the high points and lays a firm foundation for future examination of this important section of Scripture. Stressing the value of reading the book itself, Dr. Martin points out that a knowledge of its factual content is basic to its interpretation. Therefore he assets that the serious student of prophecy will want to read Isaiah more than once. Abounding with Messianic allusions, the book of Isaiah is second only to Psalms in the number of times it is referred to by New Testament writers. Throughout its page are found prophecies whose fulfillment is realized in Jesus Christ. Thus, Isaiah contains an important historical emphasis correlated with a mighty prophetic theme.
From displays of God’s holiness to Isaiah, to repeated prophecy against all nations who do not follow God—Judah included—Isaiah contains harsh and poignant language about God’s ways and expectations. Yet it also contains illustrative prophecy of a Messiah and a moving account of the Suffering Servant. Ultimately, Isaiah promises a restoration of God’s covenant.
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Alfred Martin (B.A., Washington College; Th.M., Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is author of a number of books including The Holy Spirit: Investigation of the Personality, Deity, and Ministries of the Holy Spirit and Not My Own: A Biblical Perspective on the Stewardship of Life. Throughout his career, he served as vice-president and dean of education at Moody Bible Institute and as professor at Dallas Bible College. He is now at home with His Lord.