By Paul M. Cook
Whereas many reviews on Isaiah have an interest within the formation of the e-book, quite few have addressed the advance of the oracles touching on overseas international locations. Like many different prophetic books, the ebook of Isaiah incorporates a part of international international locations oracles (Isaiah 13-23), yet inside this assortment is a smaller grouping of literary fabric that offers with the countries of Cush (Ethiopia) and Egypt (Isaiah 18-20). This e-book considers the formation of this smaller staff approximately Cush and Egypt in the literary context of the expansion of the bigger assortment and the improvement of those person chapters. This e-book additionally contributes a clean method of the formation of overseas international locations oracles in Isa 13-23
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16 chapter one begins his study by observing that the verb ‘( חזהto see’) appears at the beginning of major divisions in the first part of the book, namely, 1:1; 2:1; 13:1. From these three superscriptions, Liebreich posits three corresponding types of prophetic utterances: a ( ָחזוֹןcf. 1:1) is primarily denunciatory in character, a ( ָדּ ָברcf. 2:1) is thought to be more positive, while a ( ַמ ָשּׂאcf. 39 He identifies four main divisions within Isa 1–39, with the nations oracles located in Division II, which spans 13–27.
Furthermore, his effort to demonstrate structural symmetry ultimately disregards other units of material, such as those oracles that lack the ַמ ָשּׂאsuperscription, or the distinction of Isa 24–27 as a separate literary unit. This treatment of the text results in a circular analysis, since the support for his claims is based on the validity of the thesis. ”44 41 For example, in order to posit Isa 20 as a transition between 13–19 and 21–27, Liebreich might have pointed out the recurring mention of Assyria in 20, as well as at the conclusion of both sections (19:23–25; 27:13).
Moreover, the basic claim regarding the existence of a ַמ ָשּׂאgenre is further weakened by the recognition that those texts that are introduced by ַמ ָשּׂאhave a variety of literary characteristics. ”21 Mark Boda observes that Weis’s appeal to the ‘intention’ as the single unifying characteristic of a ַמ ָשּׂאgenre underscores the difficulty of finding any common elements by which 19 Brian C. Jones, Howling over Moab: Irony and Rhetoric in Isaiah 15–16 (SBLDS 157; Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1996), 71.
A Sign and a Wonder by Paul M. Cook