Bind Up the Testimony: Exploration in the Genesis of the Book of Isaiah
: <p>One of the major flashpoints in academic biblical studies in the past 125 years has centered on the authorship and dating of the book of Isaiah. Beginning in the late 1800s, some scholars suggested that this book may have...
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<p>One of the major flashpoints in academic biblical studies in the past 125 years has centered on the authorship and dating of the book of Isaiah. Beginning in the late 1800s, some scholars suggested that this book may have been written by multiple people over a period of centuries, a view that contrasts with the traditional one that the entire book of Isaiah was written in the eighth century BC by the Judean prophet Isaiah ben Amoz. Because for many conservative scholars the latter position is the only one that respects the divine inspiration of the text, and because they also believe that this position is endorsed by Jesus in the New Testament, the differing conclusions of mainstream and conservative scholars regarding the authorship and dating of the book of Isaiah have long served to divide these groups.</p>
<p><i>Bind Up the Testimony</i>-a collection of essays from a colloquium held at Wheaton College in 2013-brings together a variety of evangelical responses to this issue. Although a few of the essays arrive at conservative conclusions regarding the authorship and dating of the book of Isaiah, most of them attempt to chart new, more nuanced directions for thinking on this subject, and suggest that careful attention to the (complicated) compositional history of the book of Isaiah need not be a hindrance-and can, in fact, be a help-to Christians who understand the book of Isaiah as divinely inspired Scripture that has spoken to God's people throughout the ages and that continues to speak to them today. </p>
Richard L. Schultz (Ph.D., Religious Studies: Old Testament, Yale University) is Carl Armerding and Hudson T. Armerding Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College, Illinois. He has updated How to Understand Your Bible (3rd Edition)with T. Norton Sterrett and is producing Isaiah (Apollos Old Testament Commentary)- he has alos authored The Search for Quotation: Verbal Parallels in the Prophets, JSOTS 180 (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999)
Dr Schultz has further served on the translation team for Proverbs ( New Living Translation (Wheaton: Tyndale House: 2nd ed. 2004) - and as translator and annotator for Isaiah 1-10 (The Holman Christian Standard Bible (Nashville: Holman, 2004)
Koorong -Editorial Review.
Daniel I. Block (D.Phil., School of Archaeology and Oriental Studies, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, England) has been Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College since 2005. His most recent publications are For the Glory of God: A Biblical Theology of Worship and Deuteronomy (NIV Application Commentary). Highly acclaimed commentaries have been Judges, Ruth (New American Commentary) and two volumes The Book of Ezekiel Chapters 1-24; The Book of Ezekiel Chapters 25-48. (New International Commentary on the Old Testament).