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The Genealogy and Theology of Isaiah 11:1

In: Vetus Testamentum
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  • 1 University of Chicago
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Abstract

Isaiah 11:1 traces the genealogy of ideal king back to Jesse and not a Davidic king in order to portray him as a new, or second, David. This depiction was motivated by the religious decline of the Davidides, and it allowed for a sense of disjuncture, or distance, from the Davidic line in order to claim royal legitimacy on theological grounds.

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