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This is the introductory chapter of the book A People Tall and Smooth-Skinned: The Rhetoric of Isaiah 18, which discusses the majority of these texts open with “pronouncement concerning X”, and they are often interpreted as messages of judgement towards specific nations. Introductory to the analysis of Isa 18, some words need to be said about: (i) the nations material in the book of Isaiah to which this text belongs, (ii) some preliminary observations of Isa 18, and (iii) some methodological questions. The chapter outlines what is called the nations material in the book of Isaiah, and shows how this material has been treated.

Keywords: Isaiah 18; literary motif; motifs; textual design



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