This new book in the "T&T Clark" approaches series introduces students and general readers to the book of "Isaiah". "An Introduction to the Study of Isaiah" provides readers with a guide to the central issues arising from various approaches to this influential prophetic text. Readers will be introduced to the diverse methods and results of modern Isaianic study. They will see how these approaches differ from, and relate to one another. After a brief introduction, this book gets right at the heart of the current diversity in "Isaiah" studies by identifying the trends in, and tracing the history of contemporary Isaianic scholarship. With this groundwork in place, this study examines various theories regarding the formation of "Isaiah", ways in which scholars connect "Isaiah" to its historical context, the contributions of literary theory to understanding "Isaiah", and finally theological approaches to the book. Because of its emphasis on method, this book will be important for students concerned with negotiating the vast and diverse body of scholarly literature that now surrounds this central biblical book.
These guides have been developed for those taking a course in biblical studies in theological or ministerial education, and are designed to introduce the reader to the various approaches to the study of the bible. The series is ecumenical, and all the writers are professionally engaged in the teaching of biblical studies.
Jacob Stromberg is an Instructor in Introduction to the Old Testament at Duke University, Divinity School. He earned a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. He is the author of Isaiah After the Exile: the Author of Isaiah 56-66 as Reader and Redactor of the Book (OUP, forthcoming).
Chapter 1 - Introduction; Chapter 2 - Trends in Isaiah Study; Chapter 3 - Approaches to the Formation of Isaiah; Chapter 4 - Historical Topics in Isaiah Study; Chapter 5 - Literary Approaches to Isaiah; Chapter 6 - Theological Approaches to Isaiah; Chapter 7 - Conclusion.