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
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
… 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
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.