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Now, I promise that I didn’t intend for this whole Isaiah 53 thing to turn into a full-blown series.  But I’ve received some really great comments from some really smart people (along with some not… so… smart comments).  If you’ve been following along with this discussion on Isaiah 53, then you know that the first part was really mostly about typology in messianic prophecies.  And the second part dealt with an interpretation on Isaiah 53 from a distinctly Judaic perspective.

As the third (and hopefully final) installment in this series, I would like to offer you a distinctly Eastern Orthodox understanding of Isaiah 53.  This article was written by Eric Jobe, who is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He specializes in Hebrew poetry, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Second Temple Judaism. He is an instructor of Bible and biblical languages for the Orthodox Church in America, Diocese of the Midwest, Diaconal Vocations Program.1

So PLEASE CLICK HERE in order to read Eric’s take on this passage!  And let me know what you think in the comments section below.2

1: So a pretty smart guy.

2: On my site... not his. He already has a ton of comments on his.

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Rocky Munoz
Jesus-follower, husband, daddy, amateur theologian, former youth pastor, nerd, and coffee snob. Feel free to email me at almostheresy@gmail.com and follow me on Twitter (@rockstarmunoz)


  1. Micah, March 31, 2014 at 11:35 am:

    So I just want to see if I’m getting the distinction between expiation and punishment.

    Obviously, punishment is “Here Jesus, take this punishment they deserve for their sins.”

    Is expiation like, “Here Jesus, take this bomb (sin and death), run it over there, hold onto it and take it down with you”? So that now sin and death are destroyed and anyone who holds onto/puts their complete trust in Jesus can gain that new life.

    I read the Jobe’s analogy of germs and while I get where he was going I’m wondering if the bomb analogy or something similar isn’t better because it takes into account that Jesus did apparently have to die, since that’s the way it all went down (not to say it’s that simple obviously).

    • Rocky Munoz, April 1, 2014 at 2:46 pm:

      Thanks for your thoughts here, Micah! From how I’ve come to understand it, in atonement theories – substitution is specifically when Jesus is punished instead of humans; and expiation covers a wide variety of ideas, which could include substitution, simple forgiveness, or even the taking-down of evil (like your bomb analogy). As it refers to Jesus’ atonement, I see Jesus’ actions as being akin to the bomb idea of sacrificing himself in order to defeat Satan and evil; however, on the other hand, I see God’s actions being more like the germ analogy where He simply wipes away sins. This is similar to what we are called to do when others wrong us, responding with, “Don’t worry, bro. I forgive you.”

      Does that make sense?

  2. holbrook oakleys, April 22, 2014 at 11:17 am:

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say great blog!

    • Rocky Munoz, April 22, 2014 at 5:29 pm:

      Thanks! Sorry that the long comment didn’t come through.

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