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The Redactional Formation Of Isaiah 18

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Critical scholars have usually attributed the earliest form of the oracle about Cush in Isa 18 to Isaiah ben Amoz, frequently on the basis of the relationship between this oracle and the oracles that predominate in Isa 13-23. The discussion adheres to the position that the earliest form of the Cush oracle in Isa 18 reflects the circumstances of the eighth century B.C.E. Although the insertion of Isa 18:3 divides the present form of the Cush oracle into two main parts, the original oracle contained verses 1-2, 4-6 as a single literary unit. Verses 1-2 give a detailed description of messengers from Cush, while verses 4-6 use agricultural metaphors to depict Yahweh (Yhwh) observing the situation quiescently before becoming involved. Many critical scholars view Isa 18:7 as a secondary addition to the original Cush oracle.

Keywords: Cush oracle; Isa 18



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