Introduction to the Book of Isaiah

The name “Isaiah” means “Jehovah is Salvation.”  Isaiah is one of the three major prophets.  The other two being Jeremiah and Ezekiel.  The term “major” refers to the size of the book and not the importance as all the Bible is important whether it be a small book like Haggai or large book like Isaiah.  Isaiah prophesied to Judah which was the southern kingdom.  His dates of prophecy are 740-680 B.C.  He prophesied in the reigns of four kings of Judah, Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah.  There are some theologians who believe that there are two writers of Isaiah.  One penned chapters 1-39 and the other 40-66.  There is no truth to that because the chapter and verse numbers are not inspired and Isaiah was one complete book as penned under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  The major theme of Isaiah is the coming judgment of Judah if they do not repent of their ways and the coming of Messiah to the glory of God.  It is believed that under the reign of Manasseh that Isaiah was executed by being placed in a log and sawn in two.