Isaiah in Context

Studies in Honour of Arie van der Kooij on the Occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday


The present volume contains a collection of essays on the Book of Isaiah offered as a tribute to Arie van der Kooij on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday, which coincides with his retirement as Professor of Old Testament at Leiden University. The twenty-four contributions, written by leading scholars in the field of Old Testament studies, focus on the Book of Isaiah within the context of Hebrew and ancient near-eastern writings, particularly those from the Neo-Assyrian period, as well as on the book's reception history , particularly in its Greek and Syriac translations. Together these studies offer a rich and original contribution to the study of the Book of Isaiah in its Hebrew, Aramaic, Assyrian, Greek, Syriac, and Dutch contexts.
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Biographical Note

Michaël N. van der Meer, Ph.D. (2001) in Theology, Leiden University, former post-doc fellow Old Testament, teaches religious education in Amstelveen. He has published on the Formation and Reformulation of the Book of Joshua (Brill, 2001) and the Septuagint of Isaiah.

Percy van Keulen Ph.D. (1995), Leiden University, is currently attached to the TURGAMA-project as a post-doctoral fellow. He has published on the Deuteronomistic History, the Septuagint, Peshitta, and Targum of Kings, and on Aramaic and Syriac linguistics.

Willem Th. van Peursen, Ph.D. (1999) in Semitic Languages, Leiden University, is associate professor of Old Testament at Leiden University. His publications include The Verbal System in the Hebrew Text of Ben Sira (Brill, 2004) and Language and Interpretation in the Syriac Text of Ben Sira (Brill, 2007).

Bas ter Haar Romeny, Ph.D. (1997), Leiden University, is Professor of Old Testament and Eastern Christian Traditions at Leiden University. He has published extensively on Eastern Christianity, Late Antiquity, Syriac literature, and history of biblical interpretation, including Religious Origins of Nations? The Christian Communities of the Middle East (Brill, 2010).

Review Quotes

"For anyone interested in the current state of research on Isaiah, the collection offers a broad cross-section of European scholarship, which nicely complements the largely American focus of the publications of the SBL Formation of Isaiah Group."
J. Blake Couey, Gustavus Adolphus College, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures Vol. 11 (2011).

Table of contents

Part One
Isaiah in the Context of
Hebrew and Ancient Near Eastern Writings

‘As Straw is Trodden Down in the Water of a Dung-Pit’. Remarks on a Simile in Isaiah 25:10
Bob Becking

Isaiah in the Book of Chronicles
Pancratius C. Beentjes

Woe to the Powers that Vie to Replace YHWH’s Rule on Mount Zion! Isaiah chapters 28-39 from the perspective of Isaiah chapters 24-27
Willem A.M. Beuken

The Gods Must Die: A Theme in Isaiah and Beyond
Robert P. Gordon

So-Called poʿel-Forms in Isaiah and Elsewhere
Holger Gzella

A Window on the Isaiah Tradition in the Assyrian Period. Isaiah 10:24-27
Matthijs J. de Jong

On the Identity of the Anonymous Ruler in Isaiah 14:4b-21
Percy van Keulen

Yhwh ṣebāʾȏt dans Isaïe à la lumière de l’épigraphie hebraïque et araméenne
André Lemaire

The Titels האדון and אדניin Proto-Isaiah and a Comparison with Ezekiel
Johan Lust

‘Ruins’ in Text and Archaeology. Note on the Wording of ‘Destruction’ in Later Prophets
Karel Vriezen

Patterns of Mutual Influence in the Textual Transmission of Oracles Concerning Foreign Nations in Isaiah and Jeremiah
Richard D. Weis

Isaiah 30:1
Hugh Williamson

Part Two
Isaiah in the Context of
Septuagint, Peshitta, and Modern Interpretations

The Relationship between the Septuagint Versions of Isaiah and Proverbs
Johann Cook

An Exploration of Wisdom of Solomon as the Missing Link between Isaiah and Matthew
Kristin De Troyer

L’indépendance du traducteur grec d’Isaïe par rapport au Dodekapropheton
Cécile Dogniez

Is There an Antiochene Reading of Isaiah?
Natalio Fernández Marcos

Zwei Niederländer des 19. Jahrhunderts über die Wahrheit von Jesajas Prophetien
Cornelis Houtman

Visions from Memphis and Leontopolis. The Pheno¬menon of the Vision reports in the Greek Isaiah in the Light of Con¬temporary accounts from Hellenistic Egypt
Michaël N. van der Meer

Isaiah 2 in the Septuagint
Takamitsu Muraoka

The Text of Isaiah 26:9–19 in the Syriac Odes
Wido van Peursen

Of Translation and Revision: From Greek Isaiah to Greek Jeremiah
Albert Pietersma

Jacob of Edessa’s Quotations and Revision of Isaiah
Bas ter Haar Romeny

Dans un vase pur ou avec des psaumes? Une variante textuelle peu étudiée en Isa 66:20
Adrian Schenker

Personal Names in the Septuagint of Isaiah
Emanuel Tov

A Bibliography of Arie van der Kooij

Index of Ancient Sources

Index of Modern Authors


All those interested in the study of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, particularly the Book of Isaiah, in ancient near-eastern studies, Septuagint and Peshitta studies, as well as classical philologists.


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