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The Literary And Historical Context Of The Zion Text Of Isaiah 28:16

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A number of preliminary questions need to be raised in this chapter by way of introduction to the exegesis of Isaiah. 28:16. The first of these is related to the colometric subdivision of Isaiah 28, followed by a closely related question concerning pericope designation. The question of the originality of the textual unit is important because prophetic texts, like others, are primarily rooted in history. If the Zion text can be ascribed to the prophet himself, then one must search for indications that help to delimit the dating of the text to one of the active periods of Isaiah’s life. With the assistance of a number of biblical and extrabiblical sources, the chapter sketches the historical situation associated with the dating proposed. Given the unique character of the biblical sources, an excursus on prophetic historiography in 2 Kings 18–19 has been included.

Keywords: biblical sources; Isaiah 28:16; pericope delineation; prophetic historiography; textual unit; Zion text



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