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.
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).
"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
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
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
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
The Titels האדון and אדניin Proto-Isaiah and a Comparison with Ezekiel
‘Ruins’ in Text and Archaeology. Note on the Wording of ‘Destruction’ in Later Prophets
Patterns of Mutual Influence in the Textual Transmission of Oracles Concerning Foreign Nations in Isaiah and Jeremiah
Richard D. Weis
Isaiah in the Context of
Septuagint, Peshitta, and Modern Interpretations
The Relationship between the Septuagint Versions of Isaiah and Proverbs
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
Is There an Antiochene Reading of Isaiah?
Natalio Fernández Marcos
Zwei Niederländer des 19. Jahrhunderts über die Wahrheit von Jesajas Prophetien
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
The Text of Isaiah 26:9–19 in the Syriac Odes
Wido van Peursen
Of Translation and Revision: From Greek Isaiah to Greek Jeremiah
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
Personal Names in the Septuagint of Isaiah
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.