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B. D. NAPIER, Isaiah and the Isaian

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Isaiah is indebted to traditional forms and traditional concepts which he uses freely and widely, and with originality. It is remarkable that in the sixty-six chapters of the book of Isaiah there is so little that is autobiographical or that otherwise points in any direct way to speakers behind the text, or to individual poets or prophets creating the lines. The primary symptoms of sickness are pride and rebellion. In all strata of the book of Isaiah rebellious pride is the one great problem of Israel-Judah and the nations. The first Isaiah tuned a string, as it were, to the note of pride and rebellion, and the string is plucked again and again in the subsequent Isaian tradition. In Isaiah and the Isaiahs, pride is man's folly, rebellion against God is his undoing, and the ensuing alienation, unmediated, is his death.

Keywords: Isaiah; Isaian tradition; Israel-Judah; pride; rebellion

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