These represent the notes I made during my reading of the scriptural text for this lesson. It is not a lesson outline or a lesson plan but really notes about issues and questions that struck me as interesting during my reading. Consequently, the notes do not have a conclusion and very little mention of application. I like to let those things arise while I teach.
2.1 Isaiah, The Prophet
We can glean some information about Isaiah, the prophet, from the book of Isaiah. The first verse of Isaiah informs us that he prophesied during the reigns of four Judean Kings: Uzziah (785-733 BCE), Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah (727/715-698/687).
1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
Thus Isaiah’s prophetic career spanned the second half of the 8th century and the beginning of the 7th century BCE. Isaiah was married and his wife is called a prophetess (8:3):
3 And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the Lord to me, Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz.
The prophet and the prophetess had several children and they gave their children symbolic names (like Hosea and Gomer did).
Scholars point out that Isaiah had frequent encounters with the Kings of Judah (Ahaz and Hezekiah).1 Thus Isaiah may have had the same kind of prominence as a prophet as Nathan did during King David’s reign.