Isaiah has been called the "fifth gospel." Why? It speaks of God's people's departure from truth, the need for repentance and the redemption provided by a coming Savior. Isaiah's imagery is some of the most beautiful and terrifying in the whole of Scripture.
Too often modern commentaries become a discussion between commentators rather than an exploration of what the text has to say to contemporary readers. Allan Harman devotes his energy to discovering what God is saying through Isaiah rather than what we are saying amongst ourselves.
About the Author
Allan Harman is Research Professor of Old Testament at the Presbyterian Theological College in Melbourne, Australia. He has taught graduate courses at Ontario Theological Seminary, Toronto and Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi.
Allan Harman's exegetical judgement is very reliable, and he faces difficulties in the text frankly, discussing them helpfully.
Outstanding. What I mean by that is that he has been able to do the work of a first class exegete, yet make it understandable to a wide audience. As I train my theological students in the prophets of the Bible, I will send them to this book immediately.
With Allan Harman's 'Isaiah' before me, I know what the saying means that 'even a cat can look at the queen'! His work has made me wish wholeheartedly that I could start all over again. The detailed interpretative work is superb, and Harman's defence of the unity of Isaiah is robust (to say the least), and, in my view, unanswerable. I thrill to a commentator whose prime aim is to understand and explain the Hebrew Text, not just to distil the opinions of others. Thank God for this book - and its author.
This is quite a remarkable commentary in the Focus on the Bible series. Within the space of 416 pages we have a very clear introduction to and exposition of the large Book of Isaiah. The exposition reads simply and has a freshness about it that is very pleasing. Highly recommended.