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Scholars have recently shown a fascination with the idea that Deutero-Isaiah is the text of a drama. Allied with this is a deepened interest in the cult and the Psalter as source texts, and a possible role for the Annual Enthronement Festival. Investigation of these proposals fail to convince. First, the idea that Deutero-Isaiah draws its inspiration from the cult cannot be substantiated from the way it utilizes the Psalms. They were undoubtedly influential, but there is insufficient evidence that this was due to any imitation of the Annual Enthronement Festival. Second, consideration of the practical demands of the sort of staging proposed, and an awareness of the difference between dramatic and poetic writing, argues against the idea of a drama. It would demand a changed perception of the prophet from his traditional status as "master poet" to that of "incompetent dramatist".


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