This book strikes me as taking too friendly an approach toward those who believe in multiple authors of Isaiah and does not come down hard enough on the JEDP theory of OT Higher Criticism. This is not good in a day of postmodernism when many no longer believe in objective or absoolute truth.
Part of my training in Foundations of OT Interpretation was to understand and critique the JEDP theory which Dr. Oswalt did not accept and Dr. Arnold is no fan of either. I'm more like Dr. Oswalt in both critiquing the JEDP theory and holding to the Jewish and the church father's view of one Isaiah authorship behind the book.
Otherwise, the book does contain good information and helpful explanations. It's brevity in comparison with the lengthy OT Introduction by R.K. Harrison is a reflection of our times in which students are not as interested or willing to read like was true 30 years ago. My NT History and Criticism professor, Dr. Wang, once complained to me about how students "no read like they once did." From my perspective, I think every generation of seminary students needs to have a Dr. Oswalt and Dr. Wang in their educational experience.
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