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Political Implications of Isaiah 6

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This chapter examines the prophetic call narrative of Isaiah 6 for its concept of political power, and determines how this theme relates to Israel's international politics in Isaiah's memoirs, chaps. 7-8, and how the theme of chap. 6 relates to the theme of the internal politics of Jerusalem and Judah-Israel in Isaiah 2-5. Chap. 6 is placed as a hinge between two emphases: Israel and Judah's transgression of the rule of the Holy One by integrating with Near Eastern power politics, and their violation of that same rule in their domestic relationships. The prophetic call genre, strategically placed in the literature of the Old Testament as Yahweh's response to the threat of the great empires against Israel, occurs also in the New Testament, the call of Paul which appears three times in the book of Acts.

Keywords: Isaiah 6; Jerusalem; Judah-Israel; New Testament; Old Testament; Paul; political power; Yahweh



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