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

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

By: H. G. M. Williamson (author)Paperback

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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 is usually 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 that the 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 that Deutero-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 significant implications for future work on this much-loved prophetic book.

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


1. Recent Study of the Book Called Isaiah ; 2. Limitations, Presuppositions, and Method ; 3. Isaiah Chapter 6 ; 4. Further Examples of Isianic Influence ; 5. On Writing and Witnesses ; 6. Deutero-Isaiah and Isaiah 2-12 ; 7. Deutero-Isaiah and Isaiah 13-27 ; 8. Deutero-Isaiah and Isaiah 28-39 ; 9. Conclusions

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  • publication date: 17/02/2005
  • ISBN13: 9780199281077
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9780199281077
  • weight: 422
  • ISBN10: 0199281076

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