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Encountering the Book of Isaiah: A Historical and Theological Survey

(Encountering Biblical Studies)

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  42 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Bryan E. Beyer follows previous bestselling texts with this comprehensive introduction to the book of Isaiah. Here is a survey with depth, presenting the prophet's overarching themes and sweeping issues while including copious details that round out a study of the man and his work. Chapters begin with outlines and objectives that allow easy entry into the discussion and en ...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Baker Academic (first published January 1st 2007)
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Sabrina Pannell
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prophets
This book was an excellent chapter-by-chapter exposition of the book of Isaiah. Beyer walks the reader through Isaiah with thorough detail, and yet in clear and understandable terms. However, at times, the book failed to explain the overall purposes of the larger sections of Isaiah. Due to this failure, the book grew somewhat redundant, especially in the latter half. Explanation of the same details over and over became somewhat repetitive and tedious when unsupported by an understanding of the o ...more
Jørgen Hansen
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was surprised to find this book an easier read than the other books in the Encountering Biblical Studies Series that I have read so far. Bryan E. Beyer writes in a non academic way, and like the other books in the series, this book comes with sidebars, chapter outlines, chapter objectives, key terms, glossary, study questions, and visual aids in the form of illustrations. John N. Oswalt, research professor of Old Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary calls this book, 'the best general handboo ...more
David Haines
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an introductory commentary on the book of Isaiah. It is written from a basically conservative position. The author defends the unity of the book of Isaiah, and seems to favor a form of pre-millenium interpretation of Jewish eschatology. The author presents most of the pertinent research on the book of Isaiah, and provides an interesting introduction to this prophet.
Jeremy Allen
Aug 26, 2011 rated it liked it
If you're reading through Isaiah this would be a worthwhile book to keep next to your Bible. It isn't terribly academic, but still adds good insight into the text of Isaiah. Beyer doesn't always take sides when it comes to controversial parts of the text, but he does present all of the different views.
Débora Lee Hudnall
Easy book for reading Isaiah

Good book for the study of Isaiah. Very easy read and self explanatory. 4 stars are good enough for this book. Not a great book if you want to make a more detailed and deep analysis of the book of Isaiah
Guillaume Bourin
Dec 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a good survey of the book of Isaiah, but don't expect more. Chapters 20 and 21 (on Isaiah's use of the Old and New Testament) are the most useful.
Jerome
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: isaiah
Solid introduction to a worthy book of the Bible.
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Bryan E. Beyer (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is associate provost and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina, where he has taught for more than twenty-five years.

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