Jerusalem and the Nations: Studies in the Book of Isaiah
This volume contains the fruit of three decades of Ronald Clements’s researches on prophecy in the Old Testament.
This volume contains the fruit of three decades of Ronald Clements’s researches on prophecy in the Old Testament. In sixteen papers, seven of them not previously published, he broaches several leading questions about the origins of written prophecy in the Old Testament. A major focus is on the impact of the events of 701 BCE on the formation of the Isaiah book as a whole and the rise of Jerusalem as a centre of religious hope.
Further studies deal with the role of the Isaiah book in current biblical interpretation and the failure of twentieth-century interpreters to explain its unity. Other subjects concern ideas of divine providence, theodicy, and the links between ancient scribal methods of book formation and canonical authority. Special attention is given to the attempts to retain traditional Christian approaches to a book, the interpretation of which has been greatly transformed by modern critical study.
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Part I. Prophecy in New Perspective 1. Prophecy Interpreted: Recent Study of the Prophetic Literature 2. Max Weber, Charisma and Biblical Prophecy 3. Isaiah: A Book without an Ending? 4. Written Prophecy: The Case of the Isaiah Memoir. Isa. 6.1–8.16 Part II. Isaiah and Jerusalem’s Deliverance in 701 BCE 5. The Politics of Blasphemy: Jerusalem and the Threat of Imperialism. 6. Isaiah’s Prophecies and Hezekiah’s Alliance with Egypt. Isa. 28.1 – 31.9. 7. Sennacherib and Hezekiah (1) The Saving of Jerusalem. Isa. 36-37. 8. Sennacherib and Hezekiah (2) The Saving of the King. Isa. 38-39. 9. The Historical Origin of the Account of Jerusalem’s Deliverance 10. The Literary Context of the Account of Jerusalem’s Deliverance Part III. The Book of Isaiah in a Persian Context 11. Isa. 14.24-27. An Important Passage Reconsidered 12. Isaiah 53 and the Restoration of Israel 13. A Light to the Nations.. Isa.60.1-22 14. Zion as Symbol and Political Reality 15. Isaiah 1 as Introduction to the Book 16. Epilogue. The Legacy of Apocalyptic
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