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By Roy F. Melugin, Marvin Alan Sweeney, Formation of the Book of Isaiah Seminar of the Society of Biblical lit

This choice of essays arises from the full of life discussions within the Formation of the booklet of Isaiah Seminar of the Society of Biblical Literature. The essays show the variety that has continually been found in the Seminar. every one contributor has a different standpoint and therefore extends the frontiers of analysis at the booklet of Isaiah. but, taken as a complete, the essays fall into huge teams, being both 'objective' of their method of the text-embracing historical-critical approach or a synchronic procedure within which textual content instead of reader is the focus-or 'postmodern', within the experience that which means is in no small measure situated in what the reader does. as well as the editors, the participants are Mark Biddle, David Carr, Edgar Conrad, Chris Franke, Kathryn Pfisterer Darr, Rolf Rendtorff, Gerald Sheppard, Benjamin Sommer, Gary Stansell, and Roy Wells.

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The consequences of this peculiarity of th book of Isaiah have to be reflected, together with the other aspects mentioned before. IV The impact the changing approach has on interpreting Isa. 40-66 is different from that which it has for chs. 1-39. At first glance, there seems to be no influence from chs. 1-39 on the later parts of the book. Yet already the beginning of 'Second Isaiah' in 40: Iff. poses questions 42 New Visions of Isaiah that are not to be answered without looking back to what precedes.

Isaiah and his Audience: The Structure and Meaning of Isaiah 1-12 (SSN, 30; Assen/Maastricht: Van Gorcum). H. A. Irvine 1987 Isaiah: The Eighth-Century Prophet: His Times and his Preaching (Nashville: Abingdon Press). Jones, D. 1955 'The Tradition of the Oracles of Isaiah of Jerusalem', ZAW 67: 22646. Lack, R. 1973 La symbolique du livre d'lsa'ie (AnBib, 59; Rome: Biblical Institute Press). Liebreich, L. J. 1955-57 'The Compilation of the Book of Isaiah', JQR 46: 259-77; JQR 47: 114-38. Melugin, R.

Childs emphasizes that the 'former things' in Deutero-Isaiah in the context of the book as a whole 'can now only refer to the prophecies of First Isaiah' (1979: 328-29; cf. Seitz 1988: 110). But then the question arises as to what this expression might have pointed to in an earlier stage when chs. 40-66 had not yet been combined with chs. 1-39. Would the 'former things' then have meant anything different from earlier prophecies of judgment? And if not, which prophecies had they referred to? So the question remains as to whether there could or should be assumed in chs.

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