Book of Isaiah


Rev. Assoc. Prof. Mark O'Brien OP
Semester 1, 2020
Tuesday 2.00pm – 5.00pm

The unit will consist of an examination of the major issues associated with contemporary study of the Book of Isaiah, namely how much can be known about the prophet Isaiah and his preaching, the hypothesis of three major editions of the book (chs. 1–39; 40–55 and 56–66) stemming from different periods in Israelite tradition, and the impact this has on one’s reading of the book and its theology. The unit will also involve exegesis of selected texts in the book.

Census Date

Tuesday 17 March 


  • second level BS1001C and BS1002C or equivalent
  • third level two Biblical Studies units at second level


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


second level
  • two 1,000-word exegeses 2 x 20%
  • one 2,500-word essay 60%
third level
  • one 1,500-word exegeses 30%
  • one 3,500-word essay 70%

Set Text Recommended for Purchase

The New Revised Standard Version, e.g., New Oxford Annotated Bible or the HarperCollins Study Bible will be used in lectures.


  • Childs, Brevard S. Isaiah. The Old Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2001.
  • Conrad, Edgar W. Reading Isaiah. Overtures to Biblical Theology 27. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1991.
  • Goldingay, John. Isaiah. Understanding the Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids, MN: Baker Books, 2012.
  • Hoppe, Leslie J. Isaiah. New College Bible Commentary Old Testament 13. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2012.
  • Kim, Hyun Chul Paul. Reading Isaiah. A Literary and Theological Commentary. Reading the Old Testament. Macon, GA: Smyth &Helwys, 2016.
  • Melugin, Roy, and Marvin A. Sweeney, eds. New Visions of Isaiah. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplementary Series 214. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1996.
  • Oswalt, John N. The Book of Isaiah: Chapters 1-39. New International Commentaries on the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MN: W. B. Eerdmans, 1986.
  • ———. The Book of Isaiah: Chapters 40-66. New International Commentaries on the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MN: W. B. Eerdmans, 1998.
  • Watts, John D. W. Isaiah 1-33. Rev. ed. Word Biblical Commentary 24. Nashville: Nelson Reference &Electronic, 2005.
  • ———. Isaiah 34-66. Rev. ed. Word Biblical Commentary 25. Nashville: Nelson Reference & Electronic, 2005.
  • Wildberger, Hans. Isaiah. Translated by Thomas H. Trapp. Continental Commentaries. 3 vols. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1991–2002.