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Gerald O'Collins, SJ

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238903.001.0001

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Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Malachi

Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Malachi

(p.42) 4 Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Malachi
Salvation for All

Gerald O'Collins, SJ

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights several passages from the prophetical books namely the Book of Isaiah, Book of Jeremiah, and Book of Malachi in order to examine what they can suggest about the religious situation and destiny of other nations. Chapters 40–66 of Isaiah are usually divided into ‘Second Isaiah’ (40–55) and ‘Third Isaiah’ (56–66) which take a positive view on the religious situation and the future of the other nations. Moreover, Jeremiah includes chapters of oracles against the foreign nations (chs. 46–51); and so too does Ezekiel (chs. 25–32). These judgements against the Egyptians, the Philistines, the Moabites, and the rest are said to be religious and are almost inspired by political bitterness towards the enemies of the military and the invaders as well. Meanwhile, Malachi focuses on fidelity to the covenant. His high view of the priesthood of Jews led him to condemn strongly the priests for not succeeding in their vocation, deceiving the people, and corrupting the worship of God.

Keywords:   prophetical books, Book of Isaiah, Book of Jeremiah, Book of Malachi, Second Isaiah, Third Isaiah, destiny, Jewish priests, Egyptians, the Philistines

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