Robert D. Culver
Retired Professor of Systematic Theology
Why Read This Book
Isaiah 53 has been described in a number of ways.
Augustine called it “not a prophecy but a gospel.”
Polycarp, the disciple of John, called it “the golden Passional of the Old Testament.”
James Culroos wrote, “Beyond question, this chapter is the heart of the Hebrew prophetic writings.”
Luther said that every Christian ought to be able to repeat Isaiah 53 by heart.
David Baron, in his own commentary on Isaiah 53, said, “[Isaiah 53] is the heart and centre of all Old Testament prophecy.”
Walter Kaiser had a similar comment: “Undoubtedly, this is the summit of OT prophetic literature. Few passages can rival it for clarity on the suffering, death, burial, and resurrection of the Messiah.”
In The Sufferings and the Glory of the Lord’s Righteous Servant, Dr. Culver presents an excellent and detailed exegesis of this most important of Old Testament prophecies.
Dr. Robert D.Culver was a long-time professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has written many books, but this one was among his earlier works. The Sufferings and the Glory of the Lord’s Righteous Servant was published in 1958 by Christian Service Foundation, Moline, Illinois.
The first five chapters contain Dr. Culver’s exposition of Isaiah 52:13-53:12. Chapter six presents a very thorough discussion of the identity of the “Servant of the Lord” in Isaiah 40-53. Before the Jewish commentator, Rashi (1040-1105), the Messianic interpretation of the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53 was almost universally accepted by Jewish scholars. Rashi rejected that view and took the Jewish nation to be the Suffering Servant. In the 1800s, rationalistic Christian scholars began taking the same view. In chapter six, Dr. Culver addresses this issue in detail and argues for the traditional Messianic interpretation of the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53.
We have reproduced the entire book; this is not a condensation.
Preface and Chapter 1
The MYSTERY of the Servant
The REJECTION of the Servant
The ATONEMENT of the Servant
The SUBMISSION of the Servant
The EXALTATION of the Servant
The IDENTITY of the Servant