Released in the UK May 2019
Released in the US May 2019
Large trade hardback | 752 Pages
9781527102309 • £24.99 $39.99
BISAC – REL006060
Isaiah is a book of literary, historical, theological and ecclesial riches. Paul R. House contends that Isaiah wrote the whole book during his long ministry. Predicts the coming of the Messiah. Strives to treat Isaiah as a prophetic book, as a work that highlights major themes such as creation, sin in its many manifestations (e.g. covenant breaking), proper ethical behaviour, approaching judgement often described as ‘the day of Yahweh’, and renewal effected by Yahweh’s redeeming work. Yahweh displays indomitable determination to redeem in Isaiah. All Yahweh’s covenants will be kept, the dead shall rise, justice will prevail, and the Davidic messiah will play the key role in this inexorable victory.
Paul R. House
Paul R. House is Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He has been pastor or teacher in churches, Christian colleges, and seminaries for over thirty years
This work, infused with reverence for the divine inspiration of the prophet’s message, seeks to make that message clear to contemporary readers. While it avoids discussion of complex critical questions in order to focus on matters of setting, structure, content, and meaning, it brings depth and a wide range of contemporary thinking to its treatment of these topics.
Professor of Old Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky
… Dr. House’s penetrating textual analysis reveals that the lengthy book is gospel shaped by seven consecutive divisions that all move from the people’s sins to “soaring Zion texts,” and that, in fact, the very word “gospel” had its origin in Isaiah! This, along with House’s convincing conclusion that Isaiah, alone, is the sole author of all sixty–six chapters provides the commentary with a literary and theological unity that invites real–life reflection and application midst today’s uncertainties.
R. Kent Hughes
Visiting Professor of Pastoral Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Paul House presents an important new reading of the prophecies of Isaiah based on the question: What if the entire book came from Isaiah and was spoken during the Assyrian era? His explanations are insightful, historical, well substantiated, interactive with other commentaries, and frequently mention NT quotations. He accepts the messianic interpretation of many key passages and explores how Isaiah’s theological reflections challenged his contemporary audience as well as contributed to biblical theology.
Gary V. Smith
Former Professor of Christian Studies, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee
It is difficult in the few words normally associated with an endorsement to convey the treasure trove of historical, theological and contextual insights that Dr. Paul House provides in this absorbing commentary on Isaiah. Not only does he effectively affirm Isaiah’s authorship and its historical setting but its presentation, in terms of the flow of Hebrew poetry, thematic highlights and Christological preeminence is beyond being merely helpful and informative. It will draw the reader inspirationally into both the passion and the depth of Isaiah’s message.
Harry L. Reeder III
Senior Pastor, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama