By . Fr. J. H. CREHAN, S. J.
THE BOOK OF ISAIAH, by Mgr. E. J. Kissane. Revised edition of vol. I. (Browne & Nolan, 30s.).
THE late President of Maynooth produced this commentary on Isaias ch. 1-39 in 1941, and it has for some time been out of print.
As a true scholar he did not rest content with what he had once published but kept polishing his translation and reconsidering the doubtful places in the text. His revision was already with the printers before his death and it has been carried through the final stages by his colleagues.
THE discovery of a complete text of Isaias among the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 is noticed in the new introduction. but it does not seem to have impressed Mgr. Kissane as being of great importance: indeed, his critical notes on the Hebrew text have not been revised even when his translation has. He seems to have changed his mind about many of the inversions and transpositions of text which in company with other scholars he had accepted in 1941. but the critical notes stand as first printed. No one likes to interfere with another's work, but it would have been good to see how far the Isaias of the Scrolls supported or disagreed with the conjectures of modern scholars. and the editors of the work might have seen to this.
IN the next volume there will be a notable place where the Dead Sea text has preserved (in ch. 53) a reading which allows one to see in that Prophecy of the Passion a glimpse also of the Resurrection, a glimpse that is missing from the traditional Hebrew text but which was kept in the Greek version used by the Christians of old.
The work will so obviously remain standard for many years that it may be hoped that it will receive the last refinements of editorial care.