Fr. Dan's fALL course
Isaiah: the Fifth Gospel?

4 Sessions: Nov 10, 24, Dec 1, Dec 8. (note: no class Nov 17 due to Synod)
Times: 10:30-11:30 am (in person – Historic Chapel), 7:30-8:30 pm (online – zoom)

St. Jerome called Isaiah the “Fifth Gospel” because, he said, “within it is contained all the Holy Scriptures, everything human language can bring forth and the understanding mortals can receive.”


Likewise, St. Augustine said that Isaiah should be called an Evangelist, not a Prophet. Indeed, if one were to pick out all the prophecies of Isaiah and collect them together, one could easily construct an outline of the life of Jesus: “Behold a virgin shall conceive”, “He was despised and rejected”, etc. 


The words of Isaiah have lived on and been given new life in works of art and the words of Handel’s Messiah. However, the Book of Isaiah also stands in its own right as an important Jewish scripture.  It is the most prominent book of the Bible found amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls.


There is a tension that exists in the history of Jewish and Christian interpretations of Isaiah. In this course we will examine four key chapters of Isaiah that are especially important for the Christian tradition and our understanding of Jesus as Messiah, and also ask how Judaism has read these same passages.

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