A Sign and a Wonder

The Redactional Formation of Isaiah 18-20

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While many studies on Isaiah are interested in the formation of the book, relatively few have addressed the development of the oracles concerning foreign nations. Like many other prophetic books, the book of Isaiah contains a section of foreign nations oracles (Isaiah 13-23), but within this collection is a smaller grouping of literary material that deals with the nations of Cush (Ethiopia) and Egypt (Isaiah 18-20). This book considers the formation of this smaller group about Cush and Egypt within the literary context of the growth of the larger collection and the development of these individual chapters. This book also contributes a fresh approach to the formation of foreign nations oracles in Isa 13-23.
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Biographical Note

Paul M. Cook, D.Phil. (2010), University of Oxford, is an Affiliate Professor at Asbury Theological Seminary. He also teaches at Florida State University.

Table of contents

1. Chapter One: Introduction and Survey of Research
1.1. Introduction
1.2. Survey of Research
1.2.1. The Secondary Addition of a מַשָא Collection
1.2.2. The Priority of a מַשָא Collection
1.2.3. Alternative Approaches
1.3. Summary

2. Chapter Two: The Nations Oracles in Isaiah 13-23
2.1. Introduction
2.2. The מַשָא Oracles in Isaiah 13-23
2.3. The מַשָא Titles in Isaiah 13-23
2.4. Conclusion

3. Chapter Three: The Redactional Formation of Isaiah 18
3.1. Introduction
3.2. Historical Considerations
3.3. Isaiah 18:1-2, 4-6
3.4. Isaiah 18:7
3.5. Isaiah 18:3
3.6. Conclusion

4. Chapter Four: The Redactional Formation of Isaiah 19
4.1. Introduction
4.2. Isaiah 19:1-4
4.3. Isaiah 19:11-14
4.4. Isaiah 19:5-10
4.5. Isaiah 19:15
4.6. Isaiah 19:16-17
4.7. Isaiah 19:18
4.8. Isaiah 19:19-22
4.9. Isaiah 19:23
4.10. Isaiah 19:24-25
4.11. Conclusion

5. Chapter Five: The Redactional Formation of Isaiah 20
5.1. Introduction
5.2. Isaiah 20:1-4
5.3. Isaiah 20:5
5.4. Isaiah 20:6
5.5. Conclusion

6. Chapter Six: The Redactional Formation of Isaiah 18-20
6.1. Introduction
6.2. First Redaction
6.3. Second Redaction
6.4. Conclusion

7. Chapter Seven: Summary and Conclusion
7.1. Summary
7.2. Conclusion
7.2.1. The מַשָא Titles
7.2.2. The Formation of Isaiah 13-23
7.2.3. Exilic-Period Redactional Activity in Isaiah
7.2.4. Isaiah and the Deuteronomistic History
7.2.5. The Theme of Egypt in the Book of Isaiah
7.2.6. Methodology

Readership

Specialists and students in biblical studies generally, as well as the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, the book of Isaiah, and biblical prophetic literature.

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