Posted On September 22, 2012

Book Review The Gospel According to Isaiah 53

by | Sep 22, 2012 | Reviews, Christian Living

The past decade has seen several attacks from the emerging church, liberals and others on the doctrine of substitutionary atonement. During this time there has also been a great increase of interest in biblical theology that is what the Bible teaches about itself and the central place of Christ in the Scriptures. In The Gospel According to Isaiah 53 Encountering The Suffering Servant in Jewish and Christian Theology Edited by Darrel L. Bock and Mitch Glaser seek to set forth the theology of the suffering servant in Isaiah 53 by answering a number of important questions such as, “What is a Christian interpretation of Isaiah 53?, “What is a Jewish interpretation of Isaiah 53?”, “How did the New Testament writers understand Isaiah 53?”, How should forgiveness and salvation be understood in Isaiah 53?”, “How can Isaiah 53 be used in Jewish evangelism?” and finally “How do we preach Isaiah 53?”

This book is written by some of the top evangelical scholars and has a evangelistic and apologetic focus to help Jews and Gentiles to understand Isaiah 53. Isaiah 53 is arguably the most powerful biblical tool for Jewish evangelism as it answers many of the issues Jewish people might have regarding Jesus being the promised Messiah. By using Isaiah 53 the Church can demonstrate that the message is Jewish in character because a Jewish prophet wrote the chapter(Isaiah 53)  and it is included in the canon of the Hebrew Scriptures.

One of the most significant contributions of this book is the chapter on Jewish evangelism. Isaiah 53 is the clearest, if not the only, Old Testament prophetic passage that describes both the death and resurrection of the Messiah and links it with atonement for sin. Isaiah 53 is one of the great building blocks of our faith in the person and work of the Messiah. Isaiah 53 should be cherished by every individual, whether Jew or Gentile, who has received forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life by receiving Jesus as Messiah and Lord.

Dr. Glaser argues that “Isaiah 53 can be powerful and persuasively used in Jewish evangelism. At this time, many Christians are not familiar with the passage and could not easily explain the passage and its prophetic important to their Jewish friends. This is true in part because most believers do not study the chapter for themselves and do not know what Jewish people think about the passage. However, this book is written to help believers who desperately desire to reach their Jewish friends and family for Jesus in this holy endeavor” (250).

This book will help every Christian to understand the issues surrounding Isaiah 53, how to engage Jews in evangelism and how to apply the precious truth of Isaiah 53 to our lives today. I recommend you read this book to learn how to engage Jews better with the Gospel.

Title: The Gospel According to Isaiah 53: Encountering the Suffering Servant in Jewish and Christian TheologyBook Review The Gospel According to Isaiah 53 1

Authors: Edited by Darrell L. bock and Mitch Glaser

Publisher:  Kregel (2012)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Kregel book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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    Isaiah 53
    Living sacrifice… most willing
    For he was God’s Lamb, indeed
    As love prevailed, no need for nails
    To keep him on that tree
    As a bruised reed, most broken
    Hematoma, his condition
    Isaiah saw… a Godly straw
    Unvisageable mission
    Form distorted… more than any man
    He will sprinkle nations bittered
    Untold things seen, shuts mouths of kings
    Things unheard… now considered
    And who would believe this report?
    Arm of the Lord revealed
    A tender shoot, sod-busting root
    With no comeliness appeal
    Undesirable… His beauty
    He’s rejected and despised
    Sorrow’s painted, grief acquainted
    Shamefully… our faces hide
    He has carried all our sorrow
    All our grief He surely bore
    A stricken rod, smitten… of God
    Transgression’s wounds he wore
    And bruised for our iniquities
    Chastisement of our peace… sealed
    Transgressor’s mark, disfigured bark
    Scarred righteous branch… revealed
    Like sheep that have been scattered
    We have turned away from Him
    Iniquity, taken for me
    Was laid on this priestly limb
    He was oppressed and afflicted
    Lamb of God, suffering violence
    Sheepish shearers, drawing nearer
    Lessons learned… by Lamb’s silence
    Taken from judgmental prison
    His generation… undeclared
    He was cut short, promise abort
    For all transgressors… He prepared
    He made His grave with the lawless
    With the rich, he rents death’s seat
    Prophetic law, his purposed call
    Yet his mouth held no deceit
    So it pleased the Lord… to bruise Him
    Trespass offering … was His soul
    Envisioned seed, prophetic creed
    Jehovah’s pleasure shall unfold
    Soul’s travail… manifested
    Prospered hand by pleasured Lord
    Intercession, His profession
    Satisfaction… His reward
    Portion granted… with the mighty
    Spoil divided, full and plenty
    Although condemned, justified them
    For He bore the sin… of many



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