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A Judahite provenance of Isa 40-55 has repercussions in several areas of Isaiah scholarship. First, it challenges the prevalent view among European biblical scholars that Isa 40-55 grew gradually from a small core-text that originated in Babylon into a larger body of material composed and edited in Judah by the returnees. Secondly, a Judahite origin of Isa 40-55 reopens the question of the relationship between Isa 40-55 and Isa 56-66. Thirdly, the understanding of Isa 40-66 as a continuous Judahite prophetic tradition poses the question as to what extent Isa 56-66 reflects the motives and concerns of the golah community. Fourthly, a Judahite origin of Isa 40-55 sheds light upon the inclusion of a Judahite lament in Isa 63:7-64:11. Finally, the notion of an extended Judahite tradition responsible for all of Isa 40-66 explains well the marked difference in outlook with regard to foreigners between Isa 56:1-6; 66:18-24 and Ezra-Nehemiah.

Keywords: Babylon; European; Ezra-Nehemiah; Isa 40-55; Isa 56-66; Isaiah; Judahite origin; Judahite provenance



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