Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Timeline: Isaiah

Isaiah is the first of the major prophets that we encounter in our Bible reading schedule. His prophetic book is considered one of the greatest Biblical writings of the 66 books. His writings contain some of the most beautiful language concerning the coming of the Messiah.

Isaiah mentioned in 1:1 that he received his prophecies during the reigns of four kings of Judah: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. All told that adds up to about 60 years. Uzziah reigned 52 years but most likely Isaiah did not start prophesying until the end of Uzziah's reign but this can only be assumed from 6:1 where he specifically states that he received certain revelation "In the year that king Uzziah died."

Jotham reigned 16 years;
Ahaz reigned 16 years; and
Hezekiah reigned 29 years (see II Kings chapters 15, 16, and 18).
This would total about 60 years of ministry.

The date of writing is based upon the years that these kings reigned, or approximately 740-680 B.C.

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