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The Redactional Formation Of Isaiah 18–20

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This chapter focuses on two redactional movements contributing to the formation of Isa 18-20. The first of these consists of the insertion of the Cush oracle and the Isaiah narrative to enclose the Egypt oracle, as well as the composition of 19:11-14; 20:5. The second stage consists of the addition of 19:5-10, 15 and 20:6, which were most likely composed for their insertion. These verses anticipate the defeat of Egypt by Nebuchadnezzar around 571-568 B.C.E. in terms of devastation in Egypt and the disappointment of those who depended on that nation. The only remaining material in Isa 18-20 is a series of five 'in that day' phrases in 19:16-25. These are probably separate additions, since the perspective toward Egypt is not uniform throughout.

Keywords: Egypt oracle; Isaiah 18-20; redactional formation

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