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TRYGGVE N. D. METTINGER, The elimination of a crux? A syntactie and semantic study of Isaiah XL 18-20

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This chapter discusses vv. 18-20 on the basis of the assumption that they form an integrated part of the context. The attempt to excise vv. 19-20 as a later addition has been rightly criticized by PREUSS. These verses make sense as the "rhetoric" answers to the rhetoric questions in v. 18. The chapter first offers author's own translation and then presents the basis for this interpretation of the text. It argues on two levels and poses the questions of (a) the syntactic texture of the passage, and (b) the semantic content of some highly problematic lexical items. The interpretation of these verses must build on a general observation on their inner structure. V. 18 consists of two questions. These two questions are taken up by vv. 19-20, which contain two imagined answers and thus form a corollary to v. 18.

Keywords: Crux; Isaiab Xl 8-20



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