Category Archives: Advent

Weird Names

Day Nine of “Through Advent with Isaiah” Isaiah gives his children some strange names. At some point Isaiah and his wife had a child, and named him Shear-jashub. This means “a remnant will return”. This is usually taken to be … Continue reading

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Isaiah and His Kings (II)

Day Seven of “Through Advent with Isaiah” Yesterday I said that I would move on to talk about King Hezekiah, but I forgot that there is an important episode involving Isaiah with King Ahaz, Hezekiah’s father. As mentioned yesterday, Ahaz … Continue reading

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Isaiah and His Kings (I)

Day Six of “Through Advent with Isaiah” The first verse of the Book of Isaiah starts: The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings … Continue reading

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The Call of Isaiah

Day Five of “Through Advent with Isaiah” I won’t comment on the readings today, but rather focus on Chapter 6 of Isaiah, the call of the prophet. What is a prophet? The Hellenistic Greek word is προφήτης “pro-pheé-tees”, which means … Continue reading

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Structure and Condemnation

Day Four of “Through Advent with Isaiah” While the full details of the internal structure of the Book of Isaiah is debated, the overall structure is relatively clear (to me, at least). And here it is, in the diagram above: … Continue reading

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Text and Claims

Day Three of “Through Advent with Isaiah” What happens when we read? How do we understand a text? We are such a literate culture that we take reading for granted; we really don’t know what it is like to live … Continue reading

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Isaiah: The Man, The Book, and The Feast On The Mountain

Day Two of “Through Advent With Isaiah” Some Throat Clearing About Daily Office Lectionaries In the Church of England we have two sets of lectionaries for Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. One is that found in the Book of Common … Continue reading

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