Redaction in Isaiah 1–39

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

Redaction in Isaiah 1–39

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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

Chapter.  40201 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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