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I Am He Who Blots Out Your Transgressions

Release date:

March 21, 2021


Servant Songs





In Isaiah chapter 43 God reveals that he alone is the redeemer of his people, and that “there is no other savior.” So what are the implications of these words for the way we think about religion in general, and our view of Jesus in particular? How does Isaiah’s prophecy help us to better understand the significance of Christ’s person and work? On this program Shane Rosenthal continues his discussion of the Servant Songs of Isaiah with Dr. Andrew Abernethy, author of Discovering Isaiah and God’s Messiah in the Old Testament.

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In his high priestly prayer recorded in John 17, Jesus says, “Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory that I had before the world existed.” So, if in Isaiah we are told that God gives his glory to no other, and Jesus says that he has shared in his glory since time began, what else are we to conclude except that Jesus is to be identified as Yahweh and that there seems to be some kind of mysterious distinction between the persons of the godhead?

Shane Rosenthal


The Book of Isaiah and God’s Kingdom

Author: Andrew Abernethy

The book of Isaiah has nourished the church throughout the centuries. However, its massive size can be intimidating; its historical setting can seem distant, opaque, varied; its organization and composition can seem disjointed and fragmented; its abundance of terse, poetic language can make its message seem veiled―and where are those explicit prophecies about Christ? These are typical experiences for many who try to read, let alone teach or preach, through Isaiah. Andrew Abernethy’s conviction is that thematic points of reference can be of great help in encountering Isaiah and its rich theological message.

Discovering Isaiah

Author: Andrew Abernethy

This concise introduction to the interpretation of the book of Isaiah encourages in-depth study of the text and deliberate grappling with related theological and historical questions by providing a critical assessment of key interpreters and interpretative debates. It draws on a range of methodological approaches (author-, text-, and reader-centered) and reflects the growing scholarly attention to the reception history of biblical texts, increasingly viewed as a vital aspect of interpretation rather than an optional extra.

God’s Messiah in the Old Testament

Author: Andrew Abernethy

Two respected Old Testament scholars offer a fresh, comprehensive treatment of the messiah theme throughout the entire Old Testament and examine its relevance for New Testament interpretation. Addressing a topic of perennial interest and foundational significance, this book explores what the Old Testament actually says about the Messiah, divine kingship, and the kingdom of God. It also offers a nuanced understanding of how New Testament authors make use of Old Testament messianic texts in explaining who Jesus is and what he came to do.

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