Note: Isaiah Wrote probably from 740-690 BC His ministry spanned the rule of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. Somestate that he was sawed in half by King Manasseh From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This entry incorporates text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897, withsome modernisation. Isaiah or Yeshay�ahu "Salvation of/is the LORD", Standard Hebrew Y�say�ahu,Tiberian Hebrew Y�saayah�u) was the son of Amoz, and commonly consideredthe author of the Book of Isaiah. He was apparently of humble rank (Isa.1:1; 2:1). Isaiah was married to a woman called "the prophetess" (8:3), eitherbecause she was endowed with the prophetic gift, like Deborah (Judges4:4) and Huldah (2 Kings 22:14-20), or simply because she was the wife of"the prophet" (Isa. 38:1). He had two sons, who bore symbolic names. He exercised the functions of his office during the reigns of Uzziah (orAzariah), Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah (1:1), the kings of Judah. Uzziahreigned fifty-two years in the middle of the 8th century BC, and Isaiahmust have begun his career a few years before Uzziah's death, probably inthe 740s BC. He lived till the fourteenth year of Hezekiah, and in alllikelihood outlived that monarch (who died 698 BC), and may have beencontemporary for some years with Manasseh. Thus Isaiah may haveprophesied for the long period of at least sixty-four years. His first call to the prophetical office is not recorded. A second callcame to him "in the year that King Uzziah died" (Isa. 6:1). He exercisedhis ministry in a spirit of uncompromising firmness and boldness inregard to all that bore on the interests of religion. He conceals nothingand keeps nothing back from fear of man. He was also noted for hisspirituality and for his deep-toned reverence toward "the holy One ofIsrael." In early youth Isaiah must have been moved by the invasion of Israel bythe Assyrian monarch Tiglath-Pileser III (2 Kings 15:19); and again,twenty years later, when he had already entered on his office, by theinvasion of Tiglath-Pileser and his career of conquest. Ahaz, king ofJudah, at this crisis refused to co-operate with the kings of Israel andSyria in opposition to the Assyrians, and was on that account attackedand defeated by Rezin of Damascus and Pekah of Israel (2 Kings 16:5; 2Chronicles 28:5, 6). Ahaz, thus humbled, sided with Assyria, and soughtthe aid of Tiglath-Pileser against Israel and Syria. The consequence wasthat Rezin and Pekah were conquered and many of the people carriedcaptive to Assyria (2 Kings 15:29; 16:9; 1 Chronicles 5:26).
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