Isaiah (Biblical book)
The Book of Isaiah is the most prophetic book in history, and one of the most widely read. Its authenticity was confirmed by the discovery Dead Sea Scrolls.
It is part of the Old Testament dating to the eighth century BC. It is organized into two sections of prophetic discourse (1-35 and 40-66) divided by a historical record. The most remarkable feature of the book is its prophetic utterances about the “servant of the Lord”. Classical Jewish sources (e.g., Rashi) consider the servant to be the Jewish nation taken as a collective, while Christian scholars tend to identify the servant as Jesus Christ.
The end of Isaiah 52 and Isaiah 53, the "suffering servant" section, is considered to be one of the most forthright references to Jesus found in the Old Testament. It is quoted more frequently in the New Testament than any other Old Testament passage and is often referred to as the "Gospel in the OT".
- The NIV Study Bible, Zondervan Corporation, 1985, Pg. 1094