Here’s a book that digs deeply into the meaning of the book of Isaiah. Andrew Abernethy believes that seeing the kingdom in the book of Isaiah is the key to discovering its meaning. I believe that you, as I, will come to believe that he made an outstanding case for what he believes to be true about the concept of the kingdom in Isaiah. This volume makes a great addition to the New Studies in Biblical Theology series published by IVP and edited by D. A. Carson.
In the Introduction, he points out how words about the king in the kingdom are found all through the book of Isaiah–far more actually than most of us realize. He states that he wants to frame the entire study on: God the King, the lead agents of the King, the realm of the kingdom, and the people of the King.
Throughout the book, he approaches how Isaiah covers the concept of kingdom in its three main sections (1 – 39, 40 – 55, 56 – 66). He begins in the incredible vision of God in Isaiah 6, and though that is a familiar passage to most Bible students he points out examples of the concept of kingdom where we might have missed them.
Though he makes interesting, conservative observations throughout the book, there are places where I would not be able to agree with him. His handling of Isaiah 7:14, for example, is not something I could fully agree with.
The ultimate praise that I can draw from this book in this review is that I will never again read the book of Isaiah without thinking of the concept of God’s kingdom. When the author accomplishes what he sets out to do with the reader, as he has done with me, he obviously has succeeded. Therefore, I highly recommend this volume to students doing an in-depth study of the book of Isaiah.
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So, he’s saying it’s kind of like the Matthew of the OT? Interesting… It makes sense to me, though.
The problem of Is 7, 14… That’s an issue I’ve had with the NET Bible, and I find their argument weak from the get-go. Imagine anyone in the days of Isaiah implying that their daughter was a maiden, but not also a virgin–the two were synonymous. And if you view Isaiah as the OT Matthew, then the virgin birth is essential, both in Isaiah’s context, and in Matthew’s. But beyond that, there are many things in the OT that were obscure and not understood when written–maybe even by the authors! think of David writing about his pierced hands, etc. I see their arguments as nothing more than an attempt to make themselves credible to textual critics, which is kind of sad, if you think about it.