Customer Reviews for Isaiah 1-33, Revised: Word Biblical Commentary [WBC]
Review 1 for Isaiah 1-33, Revised: Word Biblical Commentary [WBC]
Date:March 31, 2010
I'm sure Mr. Watts is a very smart fellow, but I find this commentary (and Watts' 2nd volume) mostly unhelpful. Watts holds to a rare theory that Isaiah is a play written in its entirety by a 6th century BCE (i.e. post-exilic) anonymous writer. This is a very unconventional theory and I'm not aware of any other major commentator who shares it. It's neither the traditional Isaiah nor the Deutero-Isaiah theory.I gave it two stars instead of one because maybe Watts gets some credit for creative scholarship - which at least gets people thinking. But as a useful commentary for most people, I'd avoid it. I am disappointed that Word chose this as their Isaiah commentary. I generally like the Word Commentary series, but this one totally misses the target. My advice to Word - dump it and commission another Isaiah volume by a different writer. Sorry.
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Review 2 for Isaiah 1-33, Revised: Word Biblical Commentary [WBC]
Date:September 19, 2008
I'm teaching a class at a Christian University on the Major Prophets and have found this commentary excellent material to use in preparation for my classes.
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Review 3 for Isaiah 1-33, Revised: Word Biblical Commentary [WBC]
Date:July 22, 2008
I did not care for this commentary. For one thing it is confusing. There is the WBC format that is confusing but if you are use to this format and have used it before you can get past this. In the translation portion of the commentary he writes it as a play and gives almost every line a different character (I have no idea where he gets this). He does not believe in one Isaiah of Jerusalem in 700's BC, but feels it is a drama in six acts. I prefer either Young's or Oswalt's commentaries on Isaiah