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Isaiah 40–55 As A Judahite Reading Drama: Preliminary Issues

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In this chapter the author builds upon the insight that the final form of Isa 4055 can be understood as a reading drama. It is well-known that Isa 4055 is filled with multiple charactersJacob, Israel, Jerusalem, (Daughter) Zion, the islands, Cyrus, the Servant etc that speak, that are being spoken to and that are being spoken of, and its perspective constantly shifts between these different characters. The chapter investigates the possibility that these characters within the drama also represent groups of people outside the text. It explores whether or not the literary presentations of these dramatic personae can shed light upon the geographical whereabouts of the groups of people that they represent. Finally, the chapter examines the divine voice in order to determine what it can tell us about the geographical setting of Isa 4055.

Keywords: Isa 4055; Jacob-Israel; Jerusalem; reading drama



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