The Old Testament

A Historical, Theological, and Critical Introduction


19. Isaiah

Study Questions

  1. What does the name “Isaiah” mean?
  2. What sort of time does the book of Isaiah open with?
  3. Where in Isaiah does a new theme and a new direction begin?
  4. What key themes does Isaiah 56 announce for the rest of the book?
  5. What is Isaiah’s role according to the Babylonian Talmud?
  6. In Eusebius’s commentary, what is the primary emphasis of Isaiah?
  7. For Calvin, the prophecies of Isaiah addressed not only a single event but also what?
  8. Into how many parts did Bernhard Duhm divide Isaiah, which many still follow today?
  9. How early is the rule of a person named Cyrus attested?
  10. Emphases of heaven and earth, the glorification of Zion, and God’s people as rebels occur together in Isaiah 1:1–2:4 and where else?
  11. Where is the last use of the singular “servant” in Isaiah?
  12. Regarding the alma of Isaiah 7:14, what do clear indications of its usage elsewhere in the Hebrew Bible suggest?
  13. Zinkuratire likens the destroyed vineyard of Isaiah 5 to what modern country?
  14. The years 732 and 722 BC saw the end of which two kingdoms?
  15. Which Judean king did Sennacherib attack?
  16. Sennacherib depicted the siege of which Judean city on a relief in his palace?
  17. How many of the 66 chapters of Isaiah have passages quoted in the New Testament?
  18. Who is the only subject of the Hebrew verb “to create”?
  19. As with other biblical prophets, sin and judgment against God’s people is followed immediately by what in Isaiah?
  20. What is typological interpretation of prophecy?