Isaiah 40-66 (NAC) by Gary V. Smith

511umudfnvl-_sx336_bo1204203200_Isaiah 40-66 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 40-66 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.  This is also the second volume of the NAC’s 2 volume section on Isaiah, both written by Gary V. Smith.  The first volume is just as good as the second covering chapters 1-39.

Isaiah 40-66 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 40-66 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 40-66, to others I would recommend this commentary to pastors and scholars.  There are many commentaries about Isaiah 40-66 available at this moment but Isaiah 40-66 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.


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