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Introduction: The Role Of Poetry In The Interpretation Of Second Isaiah

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This chapter first examines the role of disjunctive forces in poetic meaning-making in the light of recent work on centripetal and centrifugal forces in poetry. Second, it employs strategies developed for reading poetic collections via the analogy of lyric sequencing as a means of understanding the way in which the whole of Second Isaiah is governed by the same forces as the parts. As evidenced by Bishop Lowth's comment cited at the outset of this chapter, concern in biblical scholarship over how to deal with the relationship between prophecy and poetry is longstanding.

Keywords: biblical scholarship; lyric poetry; prophecy; Second Isaiah



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