-Rev. Melissa Fain-
There are two general camps when it comes to Isaiah.
I'm part of the camp that believes the Bible is the inspired Word of God. It's not literal, because the moment we became part of it's creation (it was human hands that wrote it down, and continued to write it down through the centuries) it necessarily becomes a flawed document.
That being said, what do we know about Isaiah, and the book attributed to Isaiah?
First of all, some might get antsy hearing the book of Isaiah could have been penned by more than one author. You might be wondering if that makes most of the book a forgery. Don't. Scholars believe the pre-exile voice is the voice of Isaiah. They also believe he had his own disciples. It was not an uncommon occurance during this time period for the followers of a prolific voice to take up his name when continuing their call. This wasn't considered a forgery, but was actually what the average person expected. Let me put it this way, if the whole book was written by one man, that man would be hundreds of years old. Yes, we have people who live hundreds of years, but thats pre-Noah's Ark. No one during this time period is living that long.
Secondly, the book of Isaiah is a great look at the three kinds of prophecy, since the book contains all three types.