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Isaiah After ExileThe Author of Third Isaiah as Reader and Redactor of the Book$
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Jacob Stromberg

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199593910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593910.001.0001

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Redaction in Isaiah 1–39

Redaction in Isaiah 1–39

(p.147) 5 Redaction in Isaiah 1–39
Isaiah After Exile

Jacob Stromberg

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Isaiah 1–39 for redaction by the author of Third Isaiah, detecting the following: Isaiah 1 is edited to echo 65–66, so that together they form ‘book ends’ around the whole of Isaiah; Isaiah 4:2–6 is composed to anticipate the ‘creation’ in 65–66; Isaiah 6 is redacted to respond to Isaiah's question ‘how long,’ answering ‘until only the holy seed’ of 65 remains; Isaiah 7 is edited to expand the Emanuel prophecy beyond the Assyrian siege, placing him among the remnant; Isaiah 11 is edited in line with 56:1–8 and 65–66, combining royal reign with the ‘signal’ of return in an inclusive vision; Isaiah 36–39 is redacted so that Hezekiah's request anticipates the ‘sign’ and the restoration of the temple in 56:1–8 and 65–66. Each example exhibits a striking alignment between the hermeneutics of the redaction and the hermeneutics in Third Isaiah as it alludes to older Isaianic prophecy.

Keywords:   Isaiah 1, Isaiah 4, Isaiah 6, Isaiah 7, Isaiah 11, Isaiah 36–39, holy, Emanuel, sign, Hezekiah

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