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Reading the Poetry of First Isaiah: The Most Perfect Model of the Prophetic Poetry

J. Blake Couey


This volume offers a literary and historical study of the prophetic poetry of First Isaiah, an underappreciated but highly sophisticated collection of poems in the Hebrew Bible. Informed by recent developments in biblical studies and broader trends in the study of poetry, it articulates a fresh account of Biblical Hebrew poetry and argues that careful attention to poetic style is crucial for the interpretation of these texts. Chapter 1 discusses lineation, the most basic feature of poetic discourse. Lines serve important rhetorical functions in First Isaiah, but the absence of lineated manuscr ... More

Keywords: prophetic poetry, First Isaiah, Biblical Hebrew poetry, lineation, poetic structure, parallelism, poetic imagery, metaphor, close reading

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198743552
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743552.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Blake Couey, author
Associate Professor of Religion, Gustavus Adolphus College