The Kingdom of our God
A Theological Commentary on Isaiah
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The Book of Isaiah speaks in troubled times.
Its message for God’s people Israel stretches across prosperity, loss, disaster and the beginnings of a fresh hope.
It is rooted in the events of its time and conveys God’s message about how to be faithful people and how to be a part of God’s people in their time.
As Christians try to serve the kingdom in our own time, the Book of Isaiah speaks to us of the need to seek God, to listen and to understand his word. This commentary seeks to explore some of these themes and reflections. It looks to create a space in which Christian readers can think and reflect about what God is calling us to now as we seek to serve the Kingdom of our God.
Engaging with critical scholarship but designed to be accessible for those beginning formal theological study or Christians who want to go deeper in their understanding of the book, The Kingdom of Our God demonstrates that the words of the prophets can still speak to us today
This book will compliment the similar approach taken by Mark Scarlata in The Abiding Presence: a theological commentary on Exodus (2018) and by Isabelle Hamley in God of Justice and Mercy: a theological commentary on Judges (2021).
The State of the Nation (1.1?5.30) 15
Seeing the Signs (6.1?9.21) 31
Hope in Dangerous Times (10.1?12.12) 47
Judgement (13.1?23.18) 54
Apocalypse (24.1?27.13) 74
True Wisdom (28.1?32.30) 81
The Lord Arises (33.1?35.10) 93
Isaiah and Hezekiah (36.1?39.8) 99
Comfort (40.1?43.28) 109
The Incomparable Lord (44.1?46.13) 120
Realities in Babylon (47.1?48.22) 130
The Servant of the Lord (49.1?53.12) 137
Sing! (54.1?55.13) 162
An Extraordinary Hope and its Frustration (56.1?59.21) 169
Hope for Jerusalem (60.1?62.12) 180
Our Father (63.1–19) 187
Here I Am (64.1?65.25) 190
Glory (66.1–24) 195
Further Reading 208
Index of Bible References 211
Index of Names and Subjects 218
"This is a bold but sensitive, succinct but wide-ranging commentary. Jenni Williams argues that the book we call Isaiah emerged over some four hundred years, through at least three different prophets, where we see Israel always on the world stage, surrounded by foreign powers, whether of Assyria, Egypt, Babylon, or Persia. As each prophet engages with politics, however, the backdrop is always of a divine plan working through human agency. Williams shows us the relevance of this to today’s church, as we too yearn for peace amongst nations through the non-abuse of power: a refreshing and challenging approach which any Christian, ordained or lay, would benefit from." --Susan Gillingham, Professor of the Hebrew Bible, University of Oxford
"Reading Isaiah is like climbing a mountain, and we all need a good guide if we are to make rewarding progress. Here Jenni Williams offers sure-footed advice on good paths to follow, based on a careful analysis of the historical and textual details, and frequently stopping to help us admire the theological view… With this guidebook in hand, readers of Isaiah may set out with confidence: an energising and eye-opening climb awaits.” -- Richard S. Briggs, Director of Biblical Studies and Lecturer in Old Testament, Cranmer Hall, Durham.
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