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The Formation of Third Isaiah

Jacob Stromberg

in Isaiah After Exile

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199593910
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593910.003.0002

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

The Formation of Third Isaiah

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This chapter examines the formation of Third Isaiah, beginning with two areas of broad agreement: that chapters 60–62 form an early core of material in dependence on which much of the rest of Third Isaiah was later added; that 56:1–8 and 65–66 form a ‘frame’ around the whole, and stem from the hand responsible for Third Isaiah's final form. With these two points in place, the remaining material is examined, producing the following conclusions: that the lament in 63:7–64:11 is presupposed by, and therefore earlier than, the divine response in 65–66; that 56:9–59:21 can plausibly be ascribed to the hand behind 56:1–8 and 65–66, and therefore to Third Isaiah's latest layer; that the oracle against Edom in 63:1–6 is developed by, and therefore earlier than, 59:15–20. Thus, Isaiah 56:1–8 and 65–66 emerge as important texts for defining Third Isaiah's final form.

Keywords: Third Isaiah; formation; frame; lament; final form; core; Edom

Chapter.  14324 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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