Is Isaiah 53 about Jesus? By Paul Williams on February 22, 2021 • ( 4 ) Like this:Like Loading... Related ‹ New: Has the Qur’an been reliably preserved?Does archaeology confirm the Bible? ›Categories: Bible, Blogging Theology Youtube
The following two articles subjects the Fourth Servant Song to a critical. in-depth analysis in which the Jewish interpretation of “Isaiah 53” is measured against a combination of the teachings of the Hebrew Bible and the historical record.
The analysis employs a well-known and widely used methodology from the domain of research and discovery, the Scientific Method, which has been adapted and applied to the entire process of validation.
In a subsequent essay, the Christian interpretation will be subjected to a similar process.
1st article: http://thejewishhome.org/counter/Isa53JP.pdf
Hypothesis: Israel is the servant in the Fourth Servant Song
Conclusion: The servant in Isaiah’s Fourth Servant Song is (the righteous
remnant of) Israel.
2nd article: http://thejewishhome.org/counter/Isa53CP.pdf
New Hypothesis: The Messiah is the servant in “Isaiah 53”
Conclusion: The Christian interpretation of “Isaiah 53” is false, since neither the Messiah nor Jesus can be identified as the entity being referred to as “My servant”.
Overall research summary
Final Conclusion for Parts I & II: The Jewish interpretation of Isaiah’s Fourth Servant Song (“Isaiah 53”) that Israel is the identity of the entity being referred to as “My servant” is correct.
Isaiah 53 is about Prophet Mohammed in his Meccan period when he was weak and suffered much and yet he couldn’t do anything to his enemies (this include also the unfortunate incident of Taif). Isaiah 53 is indeed about the Messiah, but not the one from Nazareth, but the one from Mecca. There will be a research on this. BTW, when prophets or God speaks in paste tense it does not necessarily mean they are always describing events that already took place. There is a prophetic mode of speech where things described in past tense will in fact happen in the future. Such exemples are known to both the Bible and the Quran.