We’ve read it, sung it, loved it and turned to it — this Book of Isaiah often called the pinnacle of the Old Testament or Hebrew Scriptures. From the text Jesus read in the synagogue that prophesied his coming, to the glorious music of Handel’s Oratorio, “The Messiah”, the text of Isaiah has inspired and moved us for centuries.
This talk focuses primarily on 2nd Isaiah, chapters 40 – 55, but also includes a brief overview of both 1st and 3rd Isaiah, the remaining “bookends” of this great prophetic book. The importance of the historical setting as well as the military conditions graph the whole message of the book. The Book of Isaiah’s poetry and prose is some of the most majestic and loved of the entire Bible. Yet it is its message of hope, comfort and joy makes it one of the Old Testament’s most loved and known texts. This talk provides the background, history and context to understand the context of each ‘author’, including his circumstances, and how the change in geography and rulers come together in the middle chapters, where the talk focuses. There is also a Bible Study Workbook for those interested in studying individually or with friends in a Bible study group that provides chapter questions for 40-55. Enjoy this audio lecture in CD format or MP3 instant digital download. Runtime: 1 hour 17 minutes
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