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Authorship, Dating, Redactional Development And Final Form

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This chapter deals with preliminary issues related to the authorship, dating, redactional development and final form of Isa 40-55. The author argues that the material, although probably composite in nature and stemming from more than one author, takes the form of a reading drama in its final form. As to its date, the author argues that the individual textual strands began to develop just before 539 BC and reached their final form sometime prior to 520 BC, that is shortly before the beginning of the rebuilding of the second temple in Jerusalem. Isa 40-55 contains virtually nothing in terms of a prophetic bibliography, in contrast to what is found in the books of Jeremiah and Ezekiel. The identification of 40-55 as an independent literary unity not composed by Isa ben Amos is a hypothesis resulting from historical criticism.

Keywords: authorship; dating; Ezekiel; Isa 40-55; Jeremiah; Jerusalem redaction



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