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Prophecy In Its Historical Setting

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This chapter deals with the prophetic material from First Isaiah and seventh-century Assyria in their respective historical settings and aims to illuminate the relationship between prophetic oracles and historical events. Its purpose is to explore one of the main characteristics shared by the eighth-century prophetic material from First Isaiah and the Assyrian prophecies: the fact that prophetic words relate to events of great political importance and intervene in the political scene. The chapter contains two main parts: historical events in Judah and prophetic oracles from First Isaiah, and historical events in Assyria and the Assyrian oracles. A final section presents a balance of similarities and differences between the ways Isaiah’s oracles and the Assyrian oracles relate to their respective historical contexts.

Keywords: Assyrian oracles; Isaiah; Judah; Prophecy; seventh century

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