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Isaiah 40:1–11—The Prologue Of Isaiah 40–55

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This chapter looks at Isa 40:1-11, commonly called the prologue, the prelude or even the overture of Isa 40-55. The chapter first examines the idea of a prelude in order to explore how fitting a description this is for Isa 40:1-11. It then investigates the ways in which Isa 40:1-11, as a prologue, guides readers towards a certain understanding of the subsequent material. In the present context, the focus is limited to the geographical aspects of Isa 40-55. In particular, the chapter examines how Isa 40:1-11 invites the audience / reader to identify the literary personae present in the subsequent material in Isa 40-55 with particular groups of people outside the text.

Keywords: Isa 40-55; Isa 40:1-11; prologue

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