Isaiah. Holman OT Commentary

By Trent C. Butler
Nashville, Tenn. : Broadman & Holman (2002). xii + 387 Pages.

Reviewed by Dr. Michael Grisanti
15.1 (Spring 2004) : 111-112

This commentary, as well as others in this series, seeks to provide its readers with a user-friendly resource that will primarily help lay people who are teaching the Bible in their local churches or in individual and group Bible studies. After an introductory chapter that introduces the reader to the authorship of Isaiah (accepting one author rather than two or three), the history of that time period, and an overview of prophetic literature, Butler divides the book of Isaiah into 26 chapters, dealing with 1-4 chapters in each chapter. Each chapter of the commentary has ten components: a stimulating quotation, a summary statement for the chapters under consideration, an introductory illustration to catch the attention of the audience, a verse-by-verse commentary (albeit brief), an overview of principles and applications that arise from the passage at hand, life application, a suggested prayer, a consideration of details not covered by the commentary section (“Deeper Discoveries”) with attention to certain key words, phrases, and themes of the Bible, a teaching outline or plan, and several issues for discussion. A glossary of key terms and a brief bibliography conclude the volume.

Whether or not this volume in particular or this series in general will provide significant help to its readers is yet to be seen. The editor of the series and the author of each volume are pursuing a very commendable goal, providing an understandable treatment of each biblical book for lay people.