Old Testament

Second Isaiah


Perhaps the most frequently quoted prophecy in scripture is the book of Isaiah. We hear of one sent to “Prepare the way of the Lord” and of one who will announce, “The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me…” The coming of a “wonderful counselor” is announced at Christmas. Through the church year, these beautiful and familiar words come to us through Isaiah.

In addition to this familiar treasure, Isaiah gave the people of Israel a way to look for a life with God in their presence for two particularly turbulent centuries. It continues to help both Jews and Christians do the same in the twenty five hundred years since it became a book.

Enter this beautiful, poetic writing to learn the ways of God in our lives and communities today.


Dr. Robert R. Wilson

Rev. Dr. Robert R. Wilson is the Hoober Professor of Religious Studies and Professor of Old Testament at Yale Divinity School. A former chair of the Yale University Department of Religious Studies, Professor Wilson’s areas of academic interest include Israelite prophecy, the Deuteronomistic history, and ancient Israelite religion in its social and cultural context. His books include Genealogy and History in the Biblical World, Prophecy and Society in Ancient Israel (which has been translated into Korean and Portuguese), Sociological Approaches to the Old Testament (which has been translated into Japanese), and Canon, Theology and Old Testament Interpretation (edited with Gene M. Tucker and David L. Petersen). His scholarly articles have appeared in the Journal of Biblical Literature, among others, and he has been a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Religion, the Harper Collins Study Bible, and the Anchor Bible Dictionary. He has been actively involved in the Society of Biblical Literature, serving as chair of the Social Roles of Prophecy in Israel Group, and as the Old Testament editor of the Society of Biblical Literature dissertation series. Professor Wilson is a fellow of Morse College and is ordained in the Chrisitan Church (Disciples of Christ).

Dr. Stephen L. Cook headshot Dr. Stephen L. Cook

Dr. Stephen L. Cook, is the Catherine N. McBurney Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature at Virginia Theological Seminary where he has taught for twenty years. Prior to his work in Virginia, Dr. Cook taught at Union Theological Seminary of Columbia University. Dr. Cook received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Connecticut and his advanced degrees from Yale Divinity School. He is the author of six books including “Conversations with Scripture: 2 Isaiah” and “Reading Deuteronomy: A Literary and Theological Commentary”.