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The City as Unifying Theme in Isaiah


In the year 2000, the first OTS volume by the Jesaja Werkplaats was published, entitled: Studies in Isaiah 24-27 (OTS 43). In the present volume, the question as to the possible unity of the book Isaiah forms the centre of the Jesaja Werkplaats’ interest. In order to gain a better insight into this question, the Jesaja Werkplaats has decided on a fixed starting point: the concept of the ‘city’ within the book Isaiah. This concept not only has a literary meaning, but also a historical one. Examining the ‘city’, therefore, demands various exegetical approaches, overcoming the classical dichotomy between diachrony and synchrony. This volume offers an intriguing variety of contributions on the ‘city’ throughout the entire book Isaiah.
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Biographical Note

Archibald L.H.M. van Wieringen, PhD (1993) in Theology, is senior lecturer of Old Testament at the Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Tilburg. He has published extensively on the book Isaiah, using his communication-oriented exegesis, including The Implied Reader in Isaiah 6-12 (Brill, 1998). Annemarieke van der Woude, PhD (2005) in Theology, is an independent biblical scholar. She has published especially on the drama-linguistic aspects of Deutero-Isaiah.

Table of contents

Preface C.H.J. DE GEUS Isaiah’s City A. VAN DER KOOIJ Rejoice, o Thirsty Desert! (Isaiah 35): On Zion in the Septuagint of Isaiah M. DE JONG From Legitimate King to Protected City: The Development of Isaiah 7:1-17 A.L.H.M. VAN WIERINGEN Assur and Babel against Jerusalem: The Reader-Oriented Position of Babel and Assur within the Framework of Isaiah 1-39 W.A.M. BEUKEN From Damascus to Mount Zion: A Journey through the Land of the Harvester (Isaiah 17-18) A.L.H.M. VAN WIERINGEN The Diseased King and the Diseased City (Isaiah 36 39) as a Reader-Oriented Link between Isaiah 1-39 and Isaiah 40-66 U. BERGES Zion and the Kingship of Yhwh in Isaiah 40-55 P. LUGTIGHEID The Notion of the City in Isaiah 44:21-46:13 A. VAN DER WOUDE The Comfort of Zion: Personification in Isaiah 40-66 K.A.D. JENNER Jerusalem, Zion and the Unique Servant of Yhwh in the New Heaven and the New Earth: A Study on Recovering Identity versus Lamenting Faded Glory (Isaiah 1-5 and 65-66) S. BOROCIN-KNOL Zion as an ‘Agunah?: An Interpretation of Isaiah 49:14; 50:1 and 54:6-8 Bibliography Contributors Index of Authors Index of Biblical Passages


All those interested in biblical exegesis, exegetical methodes, linguistics and literary studies, and the history of ancient Israel.