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Isaiah As A Prophet To Samaria And His Memoirs

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Chapter 6 in the book of Isaiah is the vision of the prophet's call. Against the background of sights in the Temple and one of the seraphs touching his lips with a live coal, the prophet hears the Lord's voice sending him to "this people". Who is "this people"? Many assumed that the reference is to kingdom of Judah. The correct explanation, however, is that the destruction in chapter 6 refers to the kingdom of Ephraim. It should be realized that this vision is directed to the Northern Kingdom, whose inhabitants he calls "this people", even if we admit that this expression has a somewhat deprecatory tone, as many a scholar has observed. Isaiah prophesied not only to Judah and Jerusalem, but also to Samaria. Isaiah's "memoirs" might very well have begun in chapter 6, as many assume, but no more than two broken fragments of them reached the compilers.

Keywords: Isaiah; kingdom of Ephraim; kingdom of Judah; memoirs; prophet; Samaria



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