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In religion, as elsewhere, great personalities count first, and it is the privilege of a student of the Book of Isaiah to come face to face with one, if not two, such personalities...

PREFACE No full justice can be done to a book which is a great monument of Jewish religion after the Exile, if all our attention is devoted to determining whether this or that passage is “ genuine,” and dismissing it as not “ genuine,” if it is not the work of Isaiah. In reference to works such as the Book of Isaiah, the term “ genuine” is indeed misleading. None of these nameless writers may have possessed the religious genius of Isaiah, but together they represent the play of the earlier prophetic teaching on the Jewish Church. In religion, as elsewhere, great person-alities count first, and it is the privilege of a student of the Book of Isaiah to come face to face with one, if not two, such personalities: but the religious community is the necessary outcome, or field of action, of the great religious personality and his teaching, and the student of the Book of Isaiah has but half entered into his inherit-ance, if he communes with Isaiah and the great exilic prophet, but fails to feel the life of that post- exilic religious community which not only preserved for them-selves and for us the words of the earlier prophets, but preserved them in books which were also made to breathe the hopes and aspirations that sustained the Jews through centuries of isolation, oppression, and temptation. I cannot bring this Preface to a close without acknow-ledging my gratitude to Dr. Driver for the help which I have again received from his reading of my proofs, and the numerous suggestions which he has made with regard to them. These have withheld me, at times at least, from unsafe places, and they have enabled me to enrich my Commentary; my only regret is that, without more extensive alteration of the printed sheets than seemed reasonable, I could not enrich it still more from the same source. G. BUCHANAN GRAY. December 1911. xii   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C

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Front MatterEDITORS' PREFACEHalf-title PageMap of the RegionTitle PageCopyright PagePrefaceContentsPRINCIPAL ABBREVIATIONS EMPLOYED.ADDENDA AND CORRIGENDA.INTRODUCTION§§ 1–3. Title and Place in the Canon§ 4. Text and Versions.§§ 5–7. The Book of Isaiah a post-exilic Compilation.§§ 8–19. Origin and History of the Book of Isaiah: (1) External Evidence.§§ 20–27. Origin and History of the Book of Isaiah: (2) The Greek Version and the Prophetic Canon§ 28–35. Origin and History of the Book of Isaiah: (3) The Testimony of the Book of Isaiah to itself§§ 36–39. Origin and History of the Book of Isaiah: (4) Prophetic Teaching and Prophetic Literature§ 40. Origin and History of the Book of Isaiah: (5) A tentative synthesis from the preceding evidence§§ 41–43. Criteria for distinguishing the words of Isaiah from the additions of later writers§§ 44–57. The poetical forms of the prophetic literature, and of the Book of Isaiah in particular§§ 58–73. Isaiah in relation to the political and social conditions of his age§§ 74–89. Isaiah as Prophet and TeacherA COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OF ISAIAHIII.VII.VIII.XII.XIII.XIV.XVI.XVII.XVIII.XIX.XXI.XXII.XXIII.XXIV.XXV.XXVI.XXVII.ADDITIONAL NOTE ON THE STYLE AND LANGUAGE OF XXIV.–XXVII.
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