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Bind Up The Testimony Isaiah 8:16 And The Making Of The Hebrew Bible

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The early prophets of Israel were men of the spoken word; not writers. This is one of the main propositions of Karel van der Toorn in his recently published book about the making of the Hebrew Bible. The author plans to delve deeper into Isaiah 8:16 to see whether the verse in question offers indication, as opposed to Van der Toorn's theory, of a certain writing activity as having taken place upon prophetic initiative and within a prophetic community. With regard to the history of the development of the Old Testament, Van der Toorn comes forward with a lot of valuable material to show how extensive the role of the scribes from the Second Temple Period must have been. Isaiah.8:16 serve as a more than adequate example of how the prophets must have contributed to ensuring that their own voice would not be lost in the stream of tradition.

Keywords: Hebrew Bible; Isaiah; Israel; Karel van der Toorn

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