A Sign and a Wonder by Paul M. Cook

By Paul M. Cook

Whereas many experiences on Isaiah have an interest within the formation of the e-book, particularly few have addressed the improvement of the oracles referring to international countries. Like many different prophetic books, the booklet of Isaiah includes a component of international countries oracles (Isaiah 13-23), yet inside of this assortment is a smaller grouping of literary fabric that offers with the countries of Cush (Ethiopia) and Egypt (Isaiah 18-20). This booklet considers the formation of this smaller team approximately Cush and Egypt in the literary context of the expansion of the bigger assortment and the advance of those person chapters. This publication additionally contributes a clean method of the formation of overseas countries oracles in Isa 13-23

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49 Duhm’s early proposal is attractive for advocating the growth of Isa 13–23 by increments that are not strictly defined by the ‫ ַמ ָשּׂא‬superscription, but his view of these chapters as an independent booklet is less plausible. Although he offers no basis besides thematic coherence within the units, his position is clearly distinguished from subsequent views that involve the incorporation of a self-contained collection of ‫ ַמ ָשּׂא‬oracles. As the following chapter will show, the general view of the integration of ‫ ַמ ָשּׂא‬texts in multiple stages is similar in some respects to that which is advanced by the present study.

Vermeylen claims that this period was marked by a diminished interest in particular nationalities, so the reworking tends to compare non-Jews with other nations by means of general descriptions, as demonstrated in such additions as 18:3, 5–6; 19:5–10. In his view, a subsequent stage emphasizes a conflict between pious and impious Jews, producing texts like 19:16–17, in which wayward Jews are supposedly compared with foreigners. 52 Vermeylen’s emphasis on the gradual development of Isa 13–23 within the book of Isaiah offers a helpful perspective on the formation of these chapters.

30 Geyer, Mythology and Lament, 9. the nations oracles in isaiah 13–23 35 of each element is given besides a statement about how this passage illustrates the form. Although this particular example fits the pattern, no evidence is provided to substantiate his identification of each element in the other oracles. As a result, his application of the formal elements to other oracles is occasionally forced. For example, it is not at all clear how Isa 14:31 (“Wail, O gate; cry, O city; melt, O Philistia, all of you!

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