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Jacob-Israel In Isaiah 40–55

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The two main non-divine dramatic personae in Isa 40-55 are Jacob- Israel and Zion-Jerusalem. This chapter discusses all the passages in which Jacob and/or Israel appear. It focuses on the presentation of the literary persona of Jacob-Israel within the text. The chapter compares the descriptions of Jacob-Israel with those of Zion- Jerusalem and discusses the exegetical significance of their similarities and differences. It then determines the most likely identity of the people behind the persona of Jacob-Israel, focusing primarily on their geographical setting. The chapter discusses all of the above mentioned passages in the order in which they appear in the Bible. However, those passages in which the terms Israel and Jacob define YHWH will be treated together.

Keywords: Bible; Isa 40-55; Jacob-Israel; Zion-Jerusalem



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