Author: Isaiah, son of Amoz (1:1).
Date: Around 740-700 BC, starting “in the year that king Uzziah died” (6:1).
In Ten Words or Less: A coming Messiah will save people from their sins.
Details: Like most prophets, Isaiah announced the bad news of punishment for sin. But he also described a coming Messiah who would be “wounded for our transgressions…bruised for our iniquities…and with his stripes we are healed” (53:5). Called to the ministry through a stunning vision of God in heaven (Chapter 6), Isaiah wrote a book that some call “the fifth Gospel” for its predictions of the birth, life, and death of Jesus Christ some seven hundred years later. These prophecies of redemption balance the depressing promises of God’s discipline against Judah and Jerusalem, which were overrun by Babylonian armies about a century later. Isaiah’s prophecy ends with a long section (Chapters 40-66) describing God’s restoration of Israel, His promised salvation, and His eternal kingdom.
From Know Your Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.