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"No Peace" in a Book of Consolation. a Framework for the Book of Isaiah?

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After an overview of interpretations of the twofold statement of Isa. xlviii 22 and lvii 21 and the concluding lxvi 24 and of evidence from texts and versions, examination of vocabulary provides a basis for considering relationship to the verses' contexts and to the structure and interpretation of Isaiah.

Both xlviii 22 and lvii 21 are appropriate to their literary contexts, providing cohesion and flow, and predating the framing provided by chs. i and lxv-lxvi. Irrespective of whether the verses are intended to divide xl-lxvi, the reader sees links and so is drawn to look at the blocks. lxvi 24 forms an inclusio with i 2 for the book as a whole: there is comfort and hope for "rebels", but finally warning to those who persist in rebellion.


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