Book on Isaiah 53

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I am excited about the publication of our new book entitled The Gospel According to Isaiah 53 - it is the fruit of a conference that was held at Irving Bible Church a few years ago. Some of the finest scholars in the Body of Christ have contributed to this book!



I'd like to share a video about The Gospel According to Isaiah 53, which includes scholar Dr. Mark Bailey, president of Dallas Theological Seminary; Dr. Bob Chisholm, Old Testament professor at Dallas Theological Seminary; Dr. Mitch Glaser, my co-editor, Chosen People Ministries President and adjunct professor at Talbot Seminary; Mike Wilkins (NT), also of Talbot, Craig Evans (NT), and Richard Averbeck (OT), just to name a few. The video links you to the Chosen People web site.

Click here to watch the video



Congratulations on the publication of your newest book! I’m excited to check out “The Gospel According to Isaiah 53”, especially after watching the video that you shared in this post. Where can I purchase a copy of the book? I’d love to buy one not only for myself but for fellow ministers and pastors at my church.

Way to go on getting the book published! How was the process in general? I always enjoy when people interpret the bible and create new, insightful content from it. I can't imagine anyone intended it to be the ONLY book that ever existed on the word of God and what it means for us. Thanks for contributing to the content, allowing us to wrap our heads around more biblical concepts. 


Keep on doing the good work, and God bless!



Darrell L. Bock's picture

The best (or simplest) place to purchase the book is, if it is not at your local Christian bookstore. The book reflects a conference Chosen People Ministries underwrote a few years ago in Irving, Texas. We chose a wide array of contributors with Old and New Testament expertise, as well as some experts in issues associated with Judaism, to address these issues. It was a fun book to work on.

Ive got a litte bit of an off topic question.

Dr Bock!
Can we be sure that Paul and the early jewish-christians always lived kosher i.e. when they were on the mission field preaching and dining with Gentiles? Advocates of the Messianic Movement in Sweden says emphatically that the controversies between Paul and Peter or between Paul and the circumcised party was only about the pharisaic (i.e. the elders traditions) perspective concerning table fellowship. In other words Paul never transgressed the Law on the whole.

I for my part think that the reorientation in Paul's life which stemmed from his conversion experience gave the solid foundation to his new theological view about the freedom in Christ and the unity in Christ (i.e. Gal. 3:28). I cant see how bible passages such as:

Romans 14:14-23 or 1 Cor 9:19-22 would limit Paul's scope to only question of table fellowship (in which the controversy is not about food but being in the presence of non-jewish people) .

When Peter in Acts had his vision; the vision contained of non-kosher food and the
the voice explaining it:
Then I heard a voice telling me, 'Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.'
 "I replied, 'Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.'
 "The voice spoke from heaven a second time, 'Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.'

The above surley echoes the same meaning as the conclusion drawn from the editor of Mark in his explanatory remarks: καθαρίζων πάντα τὰ βρώματα.

The contextual setting in Romans 14:14 concerns the mix of Jewish-Christians and Gentile-Christians and the issue of food.
"I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. (Rom 14:14 NRS)"

What's your take on this?
Sincerely Magnus Nordlund Sweden

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In short, I agree with you on this. The very nature of the controversy suggests that what Paul did was to be open with regard to his diet.  Romans 14 also makes it clear that this was a choice of conscience and not something to be forced on someone.

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