The book begins with Isaiah as a child, which is completely imagination. With his vision in the Temple the imaginary life of the man is built alongside the historical material in the Bible. This book does not differ between the two. Hopefully this book will help the reader to understand that the message in the Bible was given by a real man.
Dr. James L. Crawford received the doctor of Theology degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX. He served as pastor of churches in the US before going to Venezuela with the International Mission Bd, SBC. In Venezuela he was professor of Old Testament and Hebrew in the Seminario Teologico Bautista for 31 years. He also planted churches.
After retirement he planted Spanish churches in Oklahoma. He retired from pastoring at the age of 82, after 68 years in the ministry. He recently published his first book, "The Almond Branch and the Boiling Cauldron.
Isaiah is listed in the Bible as one of the Major Prophets of the Old Testament. He has often been referred to as a Counselor to Kings. The purpose of this book is to build an imaginary life for Isaiah, in order to help the reader understand that he was a real man. He surely felt the criticisms and rejection of the people. When we see these prophets as real people with real feelings it should help us to better understand their messages. How must he have felt after a day of hearing the abuses of the people? What was his personal feelings as he preached the harsh sermons.