|Q233 : Understanding the Book of Isaiah|
I am doing a study on the Book of Isaiah, but I am so lost. Can you recommend a source of information that will perhaps be more understandable? The teacher is using Arnold Fruchtenbaum's mp3, but I did not hear the introduction, and I am lost as well as some of the other students. I need a source I can trust.
|A233 : by Tony Garland |
Isaiah is a pretty challenging book so it can take quite a bit of time (even years) to get a really good grasp of it. I'm mentioning this because, if you haven't been through it in detail before, then you should expect to feel lost in portions! Especially coming to a better understanding of the historical context.
Another challenge with Isaiah is that many of the commentaries are either superficial or overwhelming.
I would start out with an intermediate-depth commentary, and add some additional resources which go into greater depth where desired. Some that I can recommend:
All three of these works can be had in book form, or as electronic modules for bible study software such as Logose.
- John A. Martin, Isaiah in The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Old Testamenta, Walvoord and Zuck, editors. I'd recommend purchasing the two-volume set which covers the entire Scriptures, including the New Testamentb.
- Geoffrey W. Grogan, Isaiah in Gaebelein, F. E., Grogan, G. W., Feinberg, C. L., Ellison, H. L., & Alexander, R. H., The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel (Vol. 6)c.
- Edward J. Young, Studies In Isaiahd. This is an advanced three-volume work and goes into great detail.
Unfortunately, I'm not presently aware of a good intermediate-level audio/video course available freely over the Internet.
Hang in there! It is OK to feel lost at times. Ask God to help you understand more each time you study: God will bring greater clarity with time.