The Message of Isaiah 40-55: A Literary-theological Commentary

John Goldingay

The Message of Isaiah 40-55: A Literary-theological Commentary
The Message of Isaiah 40-55: A Literary-theological Commentary

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Categories: Isaiah

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Pages: 592 pages
Publisher: T&T Clark
Published: 2005
ISBN-10: 0567030385
ISBN-13: 9780567030382

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This is the companion volume to John Goldingay and David Payne’s two-volume ICC commentary on Isaiah 40-55 (London: T&T Clark, 2006), from which it was separated for reasons of space. Goldingay has devoted over 1,300 pages to Deutero-Isaiah, quite apart from his NIBC commentary on the whole book, published in 2001. This is a monumental achievement, and Goldingay’s complete immersion in the text and in the scholarly literature is evident in every line. Inevitably there is considerable overlap between the two commentaries, and one frequently needs to refer from one to the other; nonetheless, the decision to publish them separately was justified by the continuity and coherence of the reading. Goldingay’s approach is synchronic. There is no reference, at least in this volume, to diachronic theories of the growth of Deutero-Isaiah, attribution to different literary and ideological strata, and so on. Where others, especially German critics, find discontinuities and fault lines, Goldingay enables us to see how carefully constructed Deutero-Isaiah’s arguments are. For instance, the polemics against idols, which many regard as secondary, are part of an intricately worked rhetorical structure in which the power of God is systematically opposed to that of humans. [Full Review]
John Glynn September 20, 2008 5 5
Careful exposition with theological and literary sensitivities. Designed to complement forthcoming volume in ICC series. Critical evangelical. [Full Review]
Denver Seminary Journal June 16, 2008 5 5
Careful exposition with theological and literary sensitivities. Designed to complement forthcoming volume in ICC series. Critical evangelical. [Full Review]
Ce volumineux commentaire est le fruit d’une dizaine d’années de recherche et d’écriture. À vrai dire, l’intérêt de John Goldingay pour Isaïe 40–55 est encore plus ancien, comme l’attestent plusieurs articles (à partir de 1976) et une étude sur les poèmes du Serviteur (God’s Prophet, God’s Servant; Paternoster: Exeter, 1984). Après avoir enseigné à Nottingham, l’auteur est aujourd’hui professeur au Fuller Theological Seminary. Il est bien connu pour son commentaire du livre de Daniel, paru dans la série «Word Biblical Commentary» (Dallas, TX, 1989), son commentaire du livre d’Isaïe publié dans la collection «New International Biblical Commentary» (Hendrickson: Peabody, MA, 2001) et son Old Testament Theology, dont seule la première partie est parue à ce jour (Israel’s Gospel; Downers Grove, IL, 2003). Comme l’auteur l’explique dans la préface (vii), le manuscrit était originellement destiné à la série «International Critical Commentary», mais il était beaucoup trop long pour cette publication, si bien qu’il fut décidé de lui réserver les éléments les plus techniques (critique textuelle, discussions sur l’histoire du texte, etc.) et de faire paraître à part les éléments de commentaire théologique. C’est cette seconde publication, destinée à un large public cultivé, qui est ici recensée. [Full Review]

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