By Joseph Blenkinsopp
Students have commonly remoted 3 special sections of what's referred to as the e-book of Isaiah, and in Isaiah 40—55, individual biblical pupil Joseph Blenkinsopp presents a brand new translation and significant statement at the part frequently known as moment or Deutero Isaiah. the second one quantity in a three-volume observation, it simply keeps the excessive criteria of educational excellence tested by way of Isaiah 1—39.Second Isaiah was once written within the 6th century b.c.e., within the years ahead of the autumn of the powerful Babylonian Empire, by means of an nameless prophet whom background has erroneously pointed out with the genuine Isaiah (born ca. 765 b.c.e.). students understand moment Isaiah was once written via an individual except Isaiah as the contexts of those prophecies are so very diversified. while moment Isaiah used to be written, the prophet believed that Israel’s time of agony used to be drawing to a detailed. there has been, he insisted, a brand new age upon them, a time of desire, peace, and renewed nationwide prosperity. the most thrust of the prophet’s argument used to be meant to rally the spirits of a humans devastated by means of battle and conquest. some of the most well-known examples of this positive tone is the well known and liked track of the anguish Servant, that's present in Chapters 52—53, and approximately which Blenkinsopp has a few difficult new rules. the ultimate chapters of moment Isaiah, even if, are in a completely varied key because it turns into transparent that the hot international the prophet foresaw past was once not likely to come back to go. This melancholy reveals its such a lot poignant expression within the ultimate part of the booklet of Isaiah, which Blenkinsopp will tackle in his imminent 3rd quantity.
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Extra resources for Isaiah 40-55: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
8 If only you had heeded my commandments! " iv 20 Get out of Babylon, get away from the Chaldeans! With a shout of joy declare this out loud, send forth the message to the ends of the earth; tell them: "Yahveh has redeemed his servant Jacob! " 22 "There can be no well-being for the wicked," says Yahveh. THE SERVANT'S ADDRESS TO THE NATIONS (49:1-6) i 49 1 Listen to me, you islands; take heed, you peoples far distant! Yahveh called me before I was born, from my mother s womb he pronounced my name.
1-39 beginning with the opening poem (1:1-26). Concern with the destiny of Jerusalem, which is in evidence throughout chs. 40-55, especially 49-55, helps to explain why these speeches and poems were attached to those of the First Isaiah. wr ISAIAH 4 0 - 5 5 These general conclusions can stand as a working hypothesis, but they must be tested against the evidence for a more complex linkage and overlap between the two main sections of the book. Commentators have long noted the verbal and thematic connections between ch.
This point will emerge more clearly when we take into account the implausibility of a purely social visit of Babylonians to the Judean king, especially since we know that the rebellion against Assyria of Merodach-baladan II (Marduk-apla-iddina) had been decisively crushed before Sennacherib's Palestinian campaign. Ackroyd (1982, 15) made the plausible suggestion that behind the present form of the story there lies an account of overtures between Babylon and Judah for an anti-Assyrian alliance and that Hezekiah's display of his wealth had the purpose of establishing his credibility as a Babylonian ally.