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The Septuagint of Isaiah 23 as a vision

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The central issue of this chapter is the question of why the Old Greek version of Isa. 23, considering its own form and contents, has been produced. This question concerns basically the genre of the text, and the way in which the genre of our text (oracle/vision) was understood at the time LXX Isaiah was written. In particular since the second century B.C., presumably because of the threat of their own national and religious identity in the first part of that century, a growing interest in both the Law and the Prophets is apparent among Jewish priests and scribes of the time. There are several indications that the book of Isaiah too was read and understood as containing predictive oracles which could be applied to events and persons of the time. It is, however, to be observed that LXX Isa. 23:18 is not about occasional gifts or presents.

Keywords: Isaiah; Jewish priests; LXX Isaiah



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