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

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This chapter comprises preliminary questions related to the colometric subdivision of Isaiah 28, followed by a closely related question concerning pericope designation. It establishes clarity concerning the extent of the context within which the exegesis of the Zion text of 28:16 ought to take place. The chapter addresses questions concerning the original unity of the prophecy or the possibility that it exhibits traces of later reworking. Dating of the Zion text of 28:16 depends on one’s perspective on the authenticity of the text. Prophecy of 28:14–22, within which the Zion text of 28:16 is set, should be understood against the background of Hezekiah’s revolt against Sennacherib. The chapter describes situation surrounding Hezekiah’s revolt and the subsequent campaign of Sennacherib based on the proposed dating of Hezekiah’s reign, namely 727(715/714)–698. It concludes that the narrative of Jerusalem’s liberation can be characterised as prophetic historiography.

Keywords: Hezekiah's revolt; Isaiah; pericope; prophecy; Sennacherib; Zion text



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