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In Search of the Hidden Structure: Yhwh as King in Isaiah 40-55

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The kingship of YHWH is a kingship attained through his victory over the forces of chaos. The idea of the Divine Warrior, who vindicates his kingship in a new victory over the forces of chaos, is something that gives a profound unity to the whole book of Isaiah 40-55. The designation of YHWH as king occurs at one decisive point in the book of Isaiah (Isa 52:7). Otherwise it is very rare. When one studies the music score, however, one becomes increasingly aware of a profound unity of concept that manifests itself in this music: Underneath it all is the hidden structure of the archaic mythopoetic theme of YHWH's victory over chaos, his kingship and his triumphant return to Zion. The proclamation in Isa 52:7 resounds and awakes echoes in the hyronic pieces in which the composer has used the style known to one from the YHWH mālak Psalms.

Keywords: book of Isaiah; Divine Warrior; hidden structure; kingship; mythopoetic theme; YHWH; Zion



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