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Isaiah Old and New: Exegesis, Intertextuality, and Hermeneutics

Isaiah Old and New

Exegesis, Intertextuality, and Hermeneutics

Ben Witherington III (Author)


Reading the Book of Isaiah in its original context is the crucial prerequisite for reading its citation and use in later interpretation, including the New Testament writings, argues Ben Witherington III. Here he offers pastors, teachers, and students an accessible commentary to Isaiah, as well as a reasoned consideration of how Isaiah was heard and read in early Christianity. By reading "forward and backward" Witherington advances the scholarly discussion of intertextuality and opens a new avenue for biblical theology.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506420554
  • eBook ISBN 9781506420561
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 524
  • Publication Date February 1, 2017


Introduction: The Past Is but Prologue?
1. Isaianic Fingerprints Everywhere
2. Early Isaiah: 1–12
3. Later Isaiah: 13–39
4. Eschatological Isaiah, Part One: Isaiah 40–55
5. Eschatological Isaiah, Part Two: Isaiah 56–66
6. Isaiah Old and New: Conclusions

Appendix A. Intertextuality of a Different Sort: The Sources of Paul's Wisdom—Intertextuality and 1 Corinthians 10–11
Appendix B. Forward Thinking on Reading Backwards: Dialogue and Review
Appendix C. Isaiah as “Christian” Scripture: What Should We Think about that Idea? A Detailed Synopsis and Critique of B. Childs, The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture
Appendix D. A Key to the Isaianic Authorship Puzzle?
Appendix F. What Should We Think of Intertextuality?
Appendix G. Isaiah the Architect: The Use of Isaiah by the Evangelists to Structure their Gospels (and Acts)