“As Those Who Are Taught”

The Interpretation of Isaiah from the LXX to the SBL


This far-ranging volume offers a survey of the history of Isaiah’s interpretation over the course of two millennia, from the Septuagint and early versions, continuing through the centuries in Jewish and Christian exegesis, and concluding with the late twentieth century. Each chapter includes an introductory survey of Isaiah’s interpretation within a particular historical context and pursues a particular facet of Isaiah’s interpretation by one of Isaiah’s many readers in that time period. The contributors are David A. Baer, George J. Brooke, J. David Cassel, Alan Cooper, Jan Fekkes III, Robert A. Harris, Arie van der Kooij, Claire Mathews McGinnis, Roy F. Melugin, Amy Plantinga Pauw, Gary Stansell, Marvin A. Sweeney, Patricia K. Tull, J. Ross Wagner, and Catrin H. Williams, representing the fields of biblical studies, rabbinics, and Christian history and theology. An indispensable resource for scholars and students working in the fields of biblical studies, hermeneutics, and the history of interpretation, this volume will also appeal to anyone with an interest in the book of Isaiah and its interpretation.

Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org)

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Claire Mathews McGinnis, Ph.D. in Biblical Studies (1993), Yale University, is Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for the Humanities at Loyola College in Maryland. She is the author of Defending Zion: Edom’s Desolation and Jacob’s Restoration (Isaiah 34–35) in Context (de Gruyter).
Patricia K. Tull, Ph.D. in Old Testament (1996), Emory University, is Arnold Black Rhodes Professor of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the author of Remember the Former Things: The Recollection of Previous Texts in Second Isaiah (Society of Biblical Literature). They are both former co-chairs and contributing members of the Formation of the Book of Isaiah Group in the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting.
'Die Beiträge des vorliegenden Bandes überzeugen durch ihr durchweg hohes exegetisches und philologisches Niveau. In ihrer Gesamtheit ermöglichen sie einen instruktiven Überblick über den gegenwärtigen Diskussionsstand der Jesajaforschung und über die Wirkungsgeschichte des Jesajabuches im Judentum und im Christentum. Hierbei werden die unterschiedlichen Funktionen der Schriftauslegung in der langen Geschichte beider Religionen deutlich. Daneben stößt man immer wieder auf hochinteressante Einzelbeobachtungen, die eine weitere Beschäftigung mit Aspekten der Auslegung und Applikation des Prophetenbuches provozieren.'
Michael Tilly, Review of Biblical Literature, 2007
Remembering the Former Things: The History of Interpretation and Critical Scholarship, Claire Mathews McGinnis and Patricia K. Tull; “It’s All about Us!”: Nationalistic Exegesis in the Greek Isaiah (Chapters 1–12), David A. Baer; Interpretation of the Book of Isaiah in the Septuagint and in Other Ancient Versions, Arie van der Kooij; On Isaiah at Qumran, George J. Brooke; Moses and Isaiah in Concert: Paul’s Reading of Isaiah and Deuteronomy in the Letter to the Romans, J. Ross Wagner; The Testimony of Isaiah and Johannine Christology, Catrin H. Williams; Isaiah and the Book of Revelation: John the Prophet as a Fourth Isaiah?, Jan Fekkes III; Patristic Interpretation of Isaiah, J. David Cassel; Structure and Composition in Isaiah 1–12: A Twelfth-Century Northern French Rabbinic Perspective, Robert A. Harris; The Suffering Servant and Job: A View from the Sixteenth Century, Alan Cooper; “Becoming a Part of Israel”: John Calvin’s Exegesis of Isaiah, Amy Plantinga Pauw; Poet’s Prophet: Bishop Robert Lowth’s Eighteenth-Century Commentary on Isaiah, Gary Stansell; On the Road to Duhm: Isaiah in Nineteenth-Century Critical Scholarship, Marvin A. Sweeney; Form Criticism, Rhetorical Criticism, and Beyond in Isaiah, Roy F. Melugin; One Book, Many Voices: Conceiving of Isaiah’s Polyphonic Message, Patricia K. Tull
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