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

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

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(p.40) 2 The Composition of Isaiah 56: 1–8 and 65–6
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Isaiah After Exile
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Jacob Stromberg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593910.003.0003

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

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