Isaiah 1-39: With an Introduction to Prophetic Literature

Isaiah 1-39: With an Introduction to Prophetic Literature

Isaiah 1-39: With an Introduction to Prophetic Literature

Isaiah 1-39: With an Introduction to Prophetic Literature

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For the last five years, it has been an honor and a privilege to write this commentary on Isaiah 1–39. I have benefited greatly and learned much, not only from Isaiah but also from the many people and institutions with whom I have had the pleasure to be associated during this time. It is now my pleasure to thank those who have done so much for me.

First, I would like to thank the editors of the Forms of the Old Testament Literature Commentary Series, Rolf P. Knierim and Gene M. Tucker, for inviting me to contribute the present volume. As my teacher, Rolf initially directed my dissertation on Isaiah, and has continued to show his confidence in me in many ways. As editor, Gene has provided constant support and encouragement as well as a free hand to test and express ideas. I am especially indebted to him and to his assistant, Timothy Beal, for their hard work on this project and for saving me from many errors. Any that remain are, of course, my own.

I would also like to express my thanks to the members of the Society of Biblical Literature Seminar on the Formation of the Book of Isaiah for their collegiality and intellectual stimulation. The Isaiah seminar has brought me into contact with some of the finest minds and issues in contemporary Isaiah scholarship. I would especially like to thank Roy F. Melugin, who cochairs the seminar with me, for the many hours of conversation we have shared at conferences and over the phone on Isaiah and methodological issues in the study of biblical literature. In addition, I would like to thank the Steering Committee members, David Carr, Ronald Clements, Edgar Conrad, Katheryn Pfisterer Darr, Rolf Rendtorff, Christopher Seitz, and Gary Stansell, for their continuous support and hard work. I am also grateful to the many individuals, both members of the seminar and others, who have contributed greatly to the study of Isaiah and have shared their insights with me. I look forward to a continuing association with these fine people as the seminar progresses.

I have benefited greatly from a great deal of institutional support as well. A postdoctoral fellowship from the Yad Hanadiv/Barecha Foundation provided the funding for my appointment as a Visiting Post-doctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem during the 1989–90 academic . . .

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