Brevard Childs was one of the very great OT scholars of the late twentieth century and into this century, and his last major contribution to Biblical Studies is a book entitled The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture (Eerdmans, 2004). What follows in the next series of blog posts is a detail synopsis of this important book with running commentary and critique. I would urge you to read the book for yourself and see what you think, as it provides actually a short course in the hermeneutics of how the OT has been interpreted by Christians over all of Christian history, and as such is worth the cost of the book just for that, never mind the illumination it provides on Isaiah.
B. Childs last major contribution to the discussion of the book of Isaiah was published in 2004 under the title The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture, (Eerdmans, 2004). He passed away in 2007 not long after this book began to have its impact. It focuses primarily on the ‘reception history’ of Isaiah in the church, and it quite appropriately raises the hermeneutical issues that need to be addressed with that whole approach to Scripture which is au courant these days. It will serve us well then to have a detailed interaction with the book and with that method here, in this Appendix. Let me be clear that it is the NT itself, and authors such as the author of 1 Peter 1.25b that encourage us to ask the question—How can the OT in general, and Isaiah be preached as ‘the Good News about Jesus Christ’, or should we in fact say we cannot follow the example of the NT writers in their handling of the OT and their early Jewish hermeneutical approaches to it?