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The author observes three viewpoints that have emerged in recent years: (i) An awareness of literary approaches have opened a possibility to approach the text with different questions from those of traditional historical critical methods. (ii) This has led to a situation where there is an increasing recognition that vv. 1–7 can be read as a unit. (iii) This has inaugurated an interest in the text’s literary features and qualities, and not merely the text’s presumed references to historical situations. His emphasis has been on textual design, literary motifs and themes, and on how these function to create a persuasive rhetoric. He also shows what thematic perspectives each strophe carry. In this chapter he briefly goes through Isa 18 and sees how this rhetoric of entrapment is visible.

Keywords: Isa 18; literary approaches; literary motifs; textual design

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