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Interrupting God-Language: Rethinking The Image Of God As Liberator In Isaiah 42

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This chapter seeks to critically rethink the image of God as liberator, showing how there are hidden or muted voices in the biblical text that may help us clothe this very important metaphor with new meaning. The book of Deutero-Isaiah that grew out of the traumatic event of the Babylonian exile offers probably one of the prime examples of how a cataclysmic crisis in the life of Israel is able to generate creative new ways of expressing the cherished theological convictions of the past. The vision offered by Deutero-Isaiah probably remained a minor voice. The author believes that as biblical interpreters we can play a part in contributing to a discourse that challenges the abuse of power, and free our moral imaginations to work for a way in the world that seeks healing and a just and sustainable life for all.

Keywords: Babylonian exile; Deutero-Isaiah; God-language; Isaiah

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