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The Historical Background and Significance of Isa 1,10-17

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The first prophecy begins with the summons of the cosmic witnesses and continues with a general accusation against the people, but uncharacteristically contains no threat of any punishment. The second prophecy contains an accusation and a description of the e punishment. The content of these prophecies is such that the editor found it possible to tie them together as part of a single extensive discussion. The biblical historiographical literature is very favorable to the cultic reforms of Hezekiah. After the passing of the bad years of economic hardship and political pressures of the reign of Ahaz, Judah enjoyed several years almost free of warfare and marked by economic prosperity. The economic boom of the time of Hezekiah, the expansion of population, and private and public building entailed rules and regulations that led, in the eyes of the prophet, to a perversion of justice and the justified protest of the poor.

Keywords: Ahaz; biblical historiographical literature; Hezekiah; Judah



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