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Chapter Seven: The Authorship of Isaiah 56-66

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Chapter Summary

The classic exposition of the view that Isaiah 56-66 is the work of one author is that of Elliger, who has been followed in this view by a number of more recent commentators. However, as Emmerson correctly notes: "Scholarly opinion in general inclines to the view that the considerable diversity in content is sufficiently great to make the attribution of chs 56-66 to a single author implausible". As suggested at the opening of this chapter, the problem of the nature and provenance of the material in Isa. 56-66 has been tackled in a number of ways. However, on the basis of the foregoing discussion, these approaches appear to be unsatisfactory for a number of reasons. First, over against Elliger's suggestion that we should understand these chapters as the work of one author, we must contend that the material does not manifest a sufficient.

Keywords: Elliger; Isaiah 56-66



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