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Book of Isaiah


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Traditionally the whole of this OT Book has been ascribed to Isaiah, but only parts of the earlier chapters have any claim to be his. The Book falls into three sections.(1) Chs. 1–35. The parts most probably by Isaiah are the greater part of chs. 1–12, 16–22, and 28–32. Apart from the prophet's inaugural vision (ch. 6), these prophecies mainly concern the political situation in Judah under Syrian pressure in 740–700 bc.(2) Chs. 36–9. A section mainly taken from 2 Kings.(3) Chs. 40–66. These chapters appear to be later than the two previous sections. Modern scholars ascribe chs. 40–55 to ‘Deutero-Isaiah’ and chs. 56–66 to ‘Trito-Isaiah’. The theme is Israel's redemption and her mission to the world. See also Isaiah and Servant Songs.

(1) Chs. 1–35. The parts most probably by Isaiah are the greater part of chs. 1–12, 16–22, and 28–32. Apart from the prophet's inaugural vision (ch. 6), these prophecies mainly concern the political situation in Judah under Syrian pressure in 740–700 bc.

(2) Chs. 36–9. A section mainly taken from 2 Kings.

(3) Chs. 40–66. These chapters appear to be later than the two previous sections. Modern scholars ascribe chs. 40–55 to ‘Deutero-Isaiah’ and chs. 56–66 to ‘Trito-Isaiah’. The theme is Israel's redemption and her mission to the world.

Subjects: Biblical Studies.


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