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Tonal Tension And Resolution In The Divine Speaking Voice

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This chapter examines the way in which the divine voice is present in Second Isaiah and discusses the contributions of the conflicts in the speaking presence of the divine voice for the message of Second Isaiah. It discusses that Second Isaiah presents the poetic verbalization of an internal conflict within the persona of Yhwh - a conflict between burning anger presented as justified that leads to threats of judgment and gentle wooing and promises of comfort that create expectations of reunion and blessing. The chapter claims that this driving question plays itself out in the alternation between the main tonalities of the divine voice (comfort and indignation), and eventually resolves in the climax of the comfort tonality. The examination of the tonalities of various poems within this chapter has illustrated that elements of Second Isaiah's poetry contribute to and reinforce the tonalities of these poems.

Keywords: divine voice; Isaiah; tonalities



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