Ivan D. Friesen writes the Isaiah commentary out of his North American Mennonite church context. He did his undergraduate studies at Freeman Junior College and Goshen College. He earned a degree in biblical studies at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries. His graduate studies in the Old Testament were at San Francisco Theological Seminary (ThM, 1973) and at the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto (PhD, 1990). Friesen was director of Mennonite Central Committee programs in the Middle East (West Bank) from 1968 to 1971 and has taught at Swift Current Bible Institute, Saskatchewan; University of Botswana, Gaborone; and Shaw Divinity School, Raleigh, North Carolina. He and his wife Rachel coauthored a series of Shalom Pamphlets on the Christian peace witness and he has coedited, with Mary Schertz, Beautiful upon the Mountains.