The Composition of Isaiah 56: 1–8 and 65–6

Jacob Stromberg

in Isaiah After Exile

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199593910
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595707 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

The Composition of Isaiah 56: 1–8 and 65–6

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This chapter examines the formation of 56:1–8 and 65–66, asking whether each constitutes a redactional assemblage or an original composition. The analysis shows that Isaiah 56:1–8, rather than being composite, was composed by a single hand. The same conclusion is reached regarding 65–66, but of necessity through a more extensive analysis divided into two parts: an examination of features suggesting a single hand behind 65–66; a critical review of redactional analyses of 65–66. Because 56:1–8 and 65–66 constitute original compositions, and because they stem from the hand responsible for Third Isaiah's final form, the chapter concludes that it is appropriate to call the individual responsible for this material ‘the author of Third Isaiah.’ It is this work, to which 56:9–59:20 likely also belongs, which serves as the primary point of reference for the author of Third Isaiah in the remaining analysis.

Keywords: Third Isaiah; redactional assemblage; original composition; formation; Isaiah 56:1–8; Isaiah 65–66

Chapter.  14058 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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