The Book Called Isaiah: Deutero-Isaiahs Role in Composition and Redaction

Paperback | August 3, 2005

byH. G. M. Williamson

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Recent research on the book of Isaiah has been dominated by discussions of its unity and authorship. Professor Williamson's important study provides a major and highly original contribution to these key issues, and is based upon a more rigorous methodology than ever used before. Isaiah isusually regarded as the work of two authors - the so-called Isaiah of Jerusalem (Isaiah 1-39) and Deutero-Isaiah (the author of Isaiah 40-55). Professor Williamson argues that the author of Isaiah 40-55 was in fact strongly influenced by the work of the earlier writer. Secondly, he demonstrates thatthe earlier work was regarded as a book which had been sealed up until the time when judgement was past and the day of salvation had arrived, and that Deutero-Isaiah believed himself to be heralding the arrival of that day. Thirdly, and most provocatively, Professor Williamson argues thatDeutero-Isaiah both included and edited a version of the earlier prophecies along with his own, intending from the start that they should be read togather as a complete whole. This innovative and scholarly work, which sheds much new light on some of the more neglected passages, has had significantimplications for future work on this much-loved prophetic book.

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Recent research on the book of Isaiah has been dominated by discussions of its unity and authorship. Professor Williamson's important study provides a major and highly original contribution to these key issues, and is based upon a more rigorous methodology than ever used before. Isaiah isusually regarded as the work of two authors - th...

H. G. M. Williamson is Regius Professor of Hebrew, University of Oxford, and Student of Christ Church.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:324 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.7 inPublished:August 3, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Recent Study of the Book Called Isaiah2. Limitations, Presuppositions, and Method3. Isaiah Chapter 64. Further Examples of Isianic Influence5. On Writing and Witnesses6. Deutero-Isaiah and Isaiah 2-127. Deutero-Isaiah and Isaiah 13-278. Deutero-Isaiah and Isaiah 28-399. Conclusions

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`Williamson's economical hypothesis has the strength of its simplicity ... Much remains uncertain, but one of the admirable qualities of the work under review is its frank admission of the fact.'Journal of Biblical Literature