Geography and Textual Allusions: Interpreting Isaiah xl-lv and Lamentations as Judahite Texts

in Vetus Testamentum
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Abstract

This article proposes a new interpretation of the allusions to Lamentations as found in Isa. xl-lv. Scholars generally assume that the author of Isa. xl-lv transforms the Judahite material in Lamentations to fit his alleged exilic audience. Given the possible Judahite setting of Isa. xl-lv, however, there is need of reassessment. We shall here investigate the extent to which the bias toward an exilic setting of Isa. xl-lv has influenced the interpretation of the passages in which the allusions occur, and then explore how a Judahite setting of Isa. xl-lv alters this interpretation. As a result, we shall see that a Judahite setting of both texts not only facilitates but also enhances the interpretation of the same textual allusions.

Vetus Testamentum

A Quarterly Published by the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament

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