Isaiah 1-39 is an Old Testament commentary, written by Gary V. Smith and published by B&H Academic is an enduring work of academic excellence and superior Exegesis with pastoral care. This commentary is a intriguing edition of the New American Commentary Series, a prestigious series which is synonymous with outstanding exegesis and unparalleled application, this volume not only continues this legacy, but propels it to new heights. Isaiah 1-39 is one of the most articulate and practical commentaries on the prophetical books in Holy Scripture. Smith is a highly regarded scholar who deeply understands the major prophet.
Isaiah 1-39 has two main sections the typical general introduction, and then followed by a insightful exegetical commentaries on this major prophet. With regard to the general introduction Smith spends a great deal of time defending the historicity of the book as well as varying literary motifs. They also spend a large amount of time on their introduction and it is very well worth a read. The translation of Isaiah 1-39 that they uses is the NIV (New International Version), thankfully it is the 1984 version of the NIV rather than the 2011 version, which has rid itself of much of God’s gender.
While I disagree with Smith on a few of issues with regard to Old Testament interpretation, their scholarly work on the these books is very well researched and written for a pastor preaching or teaching through Isaiah exegeticaly. In the vein of recommending, Isaiah 1-39, to others I would recommend this commentary to pastors and scholars. There are many commentaries about Isaiah 1-39 available at this moment but Isaiah 1-39 of the New American Commentary series is commentary too good to pass on.
This book was provided to me free of charge from B&H Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.