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This article contains an exposition of the call of Isaiah in Isaiah 6.
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This article contains an exposition of the call of Isaiah in Isaiah 6.
This article discusses from Isaiah how authority can be exercised well. The Lord's king will rule with justice, and as a result there will be healing of the people.
Is the birth of Jesus from a virgin an invention of Matthew (Matthew 1:23) as part of a desire to fulfil the words of Isaiah 7:14? This article examines the interpretation of Isaiah 7:14 in pre-Christian times and how Matthew cited prophetic texts. It also reflects on the influence of the early tradition of Jesus’ descent from David upon Matthew's reference to a virginal conception.
This article considers the portrait of the daughters of Zion in Isaiah 3:16-24.
How should the book of Isaiah be dated? Walton presents new observations to aid the dating of Isaiah.
This article considers the warnings from the Lord in Isaiah 5 and Isaiah 9, and the reversal that will come because of the birth of a child. The author shows how the sequence of judgments in chapter 9 is a sacrificial sequence.
Repetition plays an important role in the suffering servant poem found in Isaiah 52:13-Isaiah 53:12. His sufferings and following glory are emphasized by a rhetorical device: word repetition. This article demonstrates this function.
There are many difficulties of interpretation in Isaiah 24-Isaiah 27. This article wants to focus on the function of these chapters in the whole of the book.
Does God ever punish double the sins of his people? How should "kepel" in Isaiah 40:2 and the rest of the Old Testament be translated and interpreted? Is God really just? Kline's conclusion is that a double payment is never required for any passage.
How does the New Testament use the Old Testament? This article first wants to understand Isaiah 53 within its literary context, and next focus on the use of the chapter in the New Testament.
What does the Lord teach his people in Isaiah 1:18? Culver argues that the main focus in this text is on the righteousness and justice of God.
This article considers Isaiah's vision of the Lord in Isaiah 6.
This article draws out the fire motif in Isaiah 6, showing how it tells us something about the glory of God.
What was the theological context of the call of the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 6? The paper looks to bring clarity to this, while noting Isaiah's eschatology and his idea of a remnant.
This article considers the matter of editing of a prophetic text, and it does so by using as example the "Servant passages" in Isaiah, particularly Isaiah 7:14, its context and content. The author argues that the concept of the editing of a text is not itself at fault; rather, this concept is simply not taken with sufficient seriousness by those who appeal most frequently to it.
This article considers the virgin birth of Christ from three perspectives: Was it possible? Was it theologically necessary? Is it a legitimate fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14?
The article first provides an exegetical analysis of Isaiah 7:14. Next, it focuses on the New Testament's use of the Old Testament and considers a number of hermeneutical related issues with prophecy.
Many commentators agree that the prophecies in Isaiah 40-Isaiah 55 were written to a group of Hebrew exiles living in Babylon about 150 years after the time of Isaiah. However, this article wrestles with this point of view and therefore reassess the interpretation of seven passages that do not seem to address Hebrew exiles in Babylon.
In Dispensationalist theology it is traditionally argued that “Babylon” in Revelation 14, Revelation 17, and Revelation 18 is a symbol indicating some form of a re-established Rome. This view is built on a reading of the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah in such a way that the rebuilding of the city and empire of Babylonia should be expected in the eschaton.
The Hebrew expression "saraph me'opheph" occurs twice in the Old Testament, and both times in Isaiah. Isaiah 14:29 refers to the "fiery flying serpent" and Isaiah 30:6 the term is usually understood as a reference to the sand-viper. Such interpretations imply that these creatures were semi-mythological. This article calls into question this interpretation, showing from contemporary data that these creatures may have been some kind of poisonous winged insect.
In the Hezekiah narrative found in 2 Kings 18-20 and Isaiah 36-Isaiaih 39 there is a repeated use of "trust" or "rely on." This article explores the context and content of "trust" in the narratives. Its occurrences elsewhere in Isaiah, Psalms, Proverbs, and other prophetic literature are examined as well, and it can be seen that these point to a consistent pattern of true and false grounds for "trust."
The purpose of this short note is to restate an old explanation of the first clause of Isaiah 40:20.
This article provides an overview of the discussions on the description of the siege of the city of David in Isaiah 29:1–8. The main focus is on the suddenness with which the picture changes from judgment and devastation (vv. 1-4) to deliverance (vv. 5-8), which has occasioned much debate among commentators.
"Babylon" is used as a metaphor in Isaiah 47 for a city portrayed as a woman punished for her promiscuity. This article calls attention to the fact that her punishment is not by rape or sexual humiliation but by her reduction from a position of royal authority to one of domestic servanthood.
Christians have no reason to despair or be pessimistic. This is true because Isaiah 51:9-11 shows that the kingdom of God is progressing, God is working out salvation for His people always, and the opposition cannot withstand His work.
This article explains the humiliation of Christ from an Old Testament perspective, with a focus on Isaiah 52:14.
This article gives an appraisal of same recent textual and linguistic studies of the fourth Servant Song of Isaiah 52:13-Isaiah 53:12. It also considers what effect they may have on the interpretation of the song.
Does Isaiah 53:5 promise healing to every believer on the basis of Christ atonement? This article shows that Isaiah is referring to spiritual healing, not physical healing. Total healing flows from the atonement, but this will occur on the new earth and heaven.
Isaiah 53:7 speaks about Christ as the lamb, foreshadowing His death on the cross as He secured forgiveness for sinners. This chapter also speaks about Christ's silence, showing His obedience as He bore our guilt.
How do you achieve contentment and satisfaction in life? From Isaiah 55:1-7 this article gives four principles to consider.
Why should you bother reading the Bible? From Isaiah 55:8-13, this article gives the answer: the Bible has revealing, exposing, and transforming power.
Looking at Isaiah 55:1, this article shows that it is through the gospel that man's real need is answered, for it is in the gospel that the problem of sin is answered.
In Isaiah 55:1-3, God is the one calling and inviting people to come to Him. This invitation is for the thirsty - those who are called by God's grace.
This article considers the depraved state of Judah in Isaiah 57, and the great mercy of the Lord in drawing near to them anyway.
This article considers the prophecy of Isaiah 60, and the promised light that will dwell in Israel yet attract the nations of the earth.
This article discusses the ending of Isaiah 61, where the Lord promises a new name for Zion, and a second wedding. The Servant of the Lord, as well as all God's people, are to refuse to rest and allow God to rest until Zion enjoys a complete restoration.
Looking at Isaiah 61:1-2, this article shows how Jesus displays the compassion and mercy of God, at the same time revealing the relationship between love and judgement. The author encourages the reader to realize the character of God and trust in Him.
This is a continuation of the study of Isaiah 65 in refutation of the postmillennial interpretation of Scripture.
In this continuing discussion, Engelsma deals with the interpretation of Isaiah 65, and rejects the literal interpretation adopted by postmillennials.
This article looks at Isaiah 66 to see what has changed in the course of Isaiah's prophecy and what it all means. The ministry of hardening in which Isaiah was involved was also Jesus' ministry, in which a remnant was yet being gathered.