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Second Isaiah And Lyric Tools

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This chapter defines the category of lyric poetry and defends the claim that Second Isaiah is not an exception to Driver's dictum. It argues that lyric tools are appropriate and necessary means for interpreting Second Isaiah and presents some strategies for reading lyric poetry. The chapter is not merely to suggest that Second Isaiah discussed in terms of the poetic sub-category lyric, but to argue that this designation opens up possibilities for interpreting Second Isaiah in ways that attend to its literary artistry. Second Isaiah's parts may be understood as lyric poems and are structured paratactically rather than discursively.

Keywords: Hebrew Bible; lyric poetry; lyric tools; S.R. Driver; Second Isaiah



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