By (author) Joseph Blenkinsopp
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Isaiah 40-55 by Joseph Blenkinsopp
Book DescriptionScholars have traditionally isolated three distinct sections of what is known as the Book of Isaiah, and in Isaiah 40-55, distinguished biblical scholar Joseph Blenkinsopp provides a new translation and critical commentary on the section usually referred to as Second or Deutero Isaiah. The second volume in a three-volume commentary, it easily maintains the high standards of academic excellence established by Isaiah1-39. Second Isaiah was written in the sixth century b.c.e., in the years just before the fall of the mighty Babylonian Empire, by an anonymous prophet whom history has erroneously identified with the real Isaiah (born ca. 765 b.c.e.). Scholars know Second Isaiah was written by someone other than Isaiah because the contexts of these prophecies are so very different. When Second Isaiah was written, the prophet believed that Israel's time of suffering was drawing to a close. There was, he insisted, a new age upon them, a time of hope, peace, and renewed national prosperity. The main thrust of the prophet's argument was intended to rally the spirits of a people devastated by war and conquest. One of the most famous examples of this optimistic tone is the well-known and beloved Song of the Suffering Servant, which is found in Chapters 52-53, and about which Blenkinsopp has some challenging new ideas. The final chapters of Second Isaiah, however, are in an entirely different key as it becomes clear that the new world the prophet foresaw earlier was not going to come to pass. This despair finds its most poignant expression in the final section of the Book of Isaiah, which Blenkinsopp will address in his forthcoming third volume.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300140545
(227mm x 154mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 3-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Joseph Blenkinsopp
Creation, Un-Creation, Re-Creation, Paperback (February 2011)
Offers a commentary on "Genesis" 1-11, the so-called 'Primeval History' in which the account of creation is given. The author works from the perspective of acknowledging the text's literary integrity as an authored work, rather than focusing simply on the its background in various sources (whilst of course paying due attention to those sources).
Gibeon and Israel, Paperback (July 2009)» View all books by Joseph Blenkinsopp
Dr Blenkisopp examines Gibeon, a city of significance in ancient Israel, and the political and religious importance upon it.
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Author Biography - Joseph Blenkinsopp
Joseph Blenkinsopp is currently the John A. O'Brien Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he has taught since 1970. Among his many scholarly publications on the Hebrew Bible is the Anchor Bible Reference Library volumes The Pentateuch and Isaiah 1-39.
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