The Book of Isaiah: Enduring Questions Answered Anew : Essays Honoring Joseph Blenkinsopp and His Contribution to the Study of Isaiah

The Book of Isaiah: Enduring Questions Answered Anew : Essays Honoring Joseph Blenkinsopp and His Contribution to the Study of Isaiah

The Book of Isaiah: Enduring Questions Answered Anew : Essays Honoring Joseph Blenkinsopp and His Contribution to the Study of Isaiah

The Book of Isaiah: Enduring Questions Answered Anew : Essays Honoring Joseph Blenkinsopp and His Contribution to the Study of Isaiah

Synopsis

A fresh window on Isaiah studies today

Representing the highest echelon of Isaiah studies, this volume explores distinct issues that arise from the critical study of the text of Isaiah. The contributors acknowledge and comment on the exegetical contributions of distinguished biblical scholar Joseph Blenkinsopp, providing distinction and coherence to the collection.

The publication between 2000 and 2004 of Blenkinsopp's 3-volume Anchor Bible commentary on Isaiah marked a significant development in Isaiah studies. Many of the articles and books now published in the field cite Blenkinsopp, testifying to how his commentary is influencing and helping shape the future direction of Isaiah studies. This volume, with its focus on his contributions, provides a fresh look at Isaiah studies in the twenty-first century.

Contributors:
Rainer Albertz
Klaus Baltzer
Hans M. Barstad
Ulrich Berges
Willem A. M. Beuken
Philip Davies
Hyun Chul Paul Kim
Peter Marinkovic
Andreas Schuele
Jacob Stromberg
Marvin A. Sweeney
Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer
Patricia K. Tull
H. G. M. Williamson

Excerpt

Isaian scholarship is a story of milestones. the 1892 commentary of Bernard Duhm, for example, gave rise to the model of a tripartite Isaiah that influenced the study of the book for more than a century and has begun to be supplanted only relatively recently. Another instance is Joachim Begrich’s seminal article of 1934, “Das priesterliche Heilsorakel,” which had an enduring impact on studies of Second Isaiah and the Psalms as well. the publication between 2000 and 2003 of Joseph Blenkinsopp’s 3-volume Anchor Bible commentary on Isaiah is proving to be another significant development in Isaiah studies. the commentary has had a marked effect on scholarship as interpreters of Isaiah routinely consult these three volumes to gain perspective on the text through the sage eyes of Joseph Blenkinsopp. Virtually all published articles and books now cite Blenkinsopp, evidence of how his commentary is influencing the field and helping to shape the future direction of Isaiah studies.

In this volume, thirteen of today’s leading scholars on the Book of Isaiah contribute essays that explore a distinct issue that arises with critical study of the text. the essays as a whole reflect the highest echelon of Isaiah studies. This volume is distinctive in that each essay acknowledges and comments upon, to the degree that it is appropriate, the exegetical contributions of Joseph Blenkinsopp. in certain essays the discussion of Blenkinsopp’s work is more robust,

1. B. Duhm, Das Buch Jesaia, hkat 3/1 (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 1892).

2. J. Begrich, “Das priesterliche Heilsorakel” zaw 52 (1934): 81-92.

3. J. Blenkinsopp, Isaiah 1–39, Isaiah 40–55, and Isaiah 56–66, ab 19, 19A, and 19B (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2000, 2002, and 2003).

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