Biblical Studies Mark

The Major Prophet Isaiah (Rikk Watts)

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The semester here in Waterford is winding down. I have three weeks left with two for teaching and one final. After that Mari and I will be heading back to Norway to get ready for our wedding celebration in June.

In the meantime I wanted you to know that I’ve been able to get my hands (or ears) on a class on Isaiah by Rikk Watts. If you don’t know who Rikk Watts is, he was originally trained as an aeronautical engineer. He did some engineering work for IBM while working toward (and receiving) a degree in philosophy, art, and sociology. He wrote his dissertation on one of my favourite books, the Gospel of Mark, saying that Mark’s themes, structure, and narrative came right out of Isaiah. The book is called Isaiah’s New Exodus in Mark. I haven’t started reading it yet, but from everything I’ve heard and read (here and in this good book), it’s genius.

Watts knows his Mark, and I’m going to see how well he knows his Isaiah (meaning, I’m going to learn a lot from him). I requested to review this class from Bill and Kim at Regent College, and my request was approved! So I’ll be throwing some posts up on here about different things Watts says. I don’t know Isaiah very well, which is unfortunate because it’s one of the most quoted OT books in the NT (along with Deuteronomy and the Psalms). I hope you’ll enjoy the posts too and hopefully take some interest with Watts, his class, and his writings.

Watts is also set up to write the new Mark volume in the New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT) series. This will set a new standard for Mark commentaries (and other works) to come, especially in dealing with OT quotes and allusions.

Related Posts

  1. Lecture Review
  2. The Major Prophet Isaiah
  3. Introduction
  4. Was Samson a Good Judge?
  5. The Virgin Birth in Isaiah
  6. The Virgin Birth in Matthew
  7. Isaiah’s Call: The Idolater’s Curse and Effect
  8. Isaiah’s Call: The Idolater’s Curse and Effect in the NT
  9. Does Paul Misquote Psalm 68?
  10. Warrior Armor in Ephesians 6
  11. I. Gold Nuggets in Isaiah
  12. II. Gold Nuggets in Isaiah
  13. III. Gold Nuggets in Isaiah
  14. IV. Gold Nuggets in Isaiah

5 comments

    1. Thank you, Randy! I’m looking forward to both. Next time I see you, maybe I’ll even know a little Norwegian too! (They’re so hard to find. They’re all so tall).

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