In Eating in Isaiah Andrew Abernethy employs a sequential-synchronic approach to explore the role of eating in the structure and message of the book of Isaiah. By focusing on 'scaffolding' chapters (Isaiah 1; 36–37; 55; 65-66), avenues open for exploring how eating operates within the major sections of Isaiah and how the motif enhances the book's coherence. Furthermore, occurrences of eating in Isaiah create networks of association that grant perspective on significant topics in the book's message, such as Zion, YHWH’s kingship, and YHWH's servants. Amidst growing scholarly interest in food and drink within biblical literature, Eating in Isaiah demonstrates how eating can operate at a literary level within a prophetic book.
Andrew T. Abernethy, Ph.D. (2012), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College. He has published several articles in scholarly journals and is an editor for and contributor to Isaiah and Imperial Context (Pickwick, 2013).
"All in all, Abernethy has presented a valuable, erudite, and profound work in reading the book of Isaiah. Its research is up-to-date and well-balanced, rich with ancient resources, recent scholarly discussions, and interpretive acumen. Thanks to Abernethy’s fine contribution, Isaiah readers cannot afford to glance over the theme of eating and drinking but instead will want to analyze and appreciate this theme more carefully and holistically as an essential key thread, or menu, in the cuisine of interpretive tasks."
Hyun Chul Paul Kim, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, USA
All interested in literary readings of Old Testament books, particularly Isaiah, and anyone concerned with the role of eating in ancient texts.