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Disability and Isaiah's Suffering Servant

Jeremy Schipper


Although disability imagery is ubiquitous in the Hebrew Bible, characters with disabilities are not. The presence of the former does not guarantee the presence of the later. While interpreters explain away disabilities in specific characters, they celebrate the rhetorical contributions that disability imagery makes to the literary artistry of biblical prose and poetry, often as a trope to describe the suffering or struggles of a presumably nondisabled person or community. This situation contributes to the appearance (or illusion) of a Hebrew Bible that uses disability as a rich literary trope ... More

Keywords: disability imagery, Hebrew Bible, disabilities, Isaiah 53, Suffering Servant, able-bodied person, suffering

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199594856
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199594856.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy Schipper, author
Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, Temple University, PA