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Isaiah

Believers Church Bible Commentary
Isaiah

Series: Believers Church Bible Commentary Series
Author: Ivan Friesen
Product Code: 9440
ISBN: 9780836194401
Pages: 480
Binding Information: Paperback
Size: 8.50 x 5.50 inches

Publication Date: 6/30/2009
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Ivan Friesen explores how the interpretation of the book of Isaiah is carried out and lived out today in faith communities where the Bible is the bedrock of faith and life. Such an interpretation combines the concerns of pastoral care with the distress and uncertainty of prophetic action.

The commentary groups the sixty-six chapters of Isaiah into six distinct but continuous parts. Each part may be explored as one might explore the room of a house. The furnishings (themes) in each room are different, but the decor (structure) of the house combines to lend to the book an overall unity of purpose. The architecture of the book as a whole has distinct features that include words of judgment as well as words of promise announcing a new day dawning. In this new day dawning, there are strong elements of a messianic hope.

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Ivan Friesen provides a solid commentary that is concerned with how the interpretation of the Book of Isaiah is implemented in today’s communities of faith. His strongest contribution is the connection he makes between the significant themes in Isaiah and the traditional themes in Anabaptist thought such as justice, service, reconciliation, and peace. This commentary blends in well with the other volumes of the Believers Church Bible Commentary series.
David A. Leiter, Green Tree Church of the Brethren, Oaks, Pennsylvania

Ivan D. Friesen’s commentary is a most valuable resource. It makes no apology for its firm location in the Anabaptist tradition and its author has taken seriously various types of feedback from the Christian community. The book is a delight to read and is strongly recommended for pastors, church leaders, and anyone wishing to engage with the prophetic tradition in a way that makes for peace and for the ethical living without which communities cannot be built or sustained.
Patricia M. McDonald, Ushaw College, Durham, England

Few things are more thrilling to a reader than authors who know their subject so intimately that they seem to inhabit the world they write about. This is the case with Ivan Friesen’s commentary on Isaiah. Friesen’s portrayal of the mind of the prophet is truly insightful. Friesen’s insights into the text are written in such simple and rhythmic prose that they make the Word of God come to life for any serious reader.
John D. Rempel, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana

Ivan Friesen’s commentary portrays so beautifully Isaiah’s astonishing vision of just peace – a vision that encompasses not only the people of Israel, but all the nations and, indeed, all creation. Friesen’s commentary is a powerful call to the church today to embrace and embody the ancient message of Isaiah to practice justice and pursue peace. My hope is that readers will take this call to heart.
Esther Epp-Tiessen, Mennonite Central Committee Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba


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