Academic journal article Theological Studies

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

Academic journal article Theological Studies

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

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The Book of Isaiah: Enduring Questions Answered Anew; Essays Honoring Joseph Blenkinsopp and His Contribution to the Study of Isaiah. Edited by Richard J. Bautch and J. Todd Hibbard. Grand Rapids, Ml: Eerdmans, 2014. Pp. viii + 234. $35.

Between 2000 and 2003, Joseph Blenkinsopp, Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Notre Dame, published the three volumes of his important commentary on Isaiah. Fourteen distinguished scholars--European, British, American, and Chinese--offer redactional and thematic responses to these volumes by way of tribute. Hans Barstad compares B.'s views of Isaiah 56-66 to the scholarship of the last two centuries. H. G. M. Williamson argues that Isaiah 10:1-4 is not "displaced," but a key piece in redactors' recognition that Isaiah's prophecies had been at least partly fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem and subsequent exiles, giving rise to the announcement of liberation in the second half of the book. Similarly appreciative of redactors' contributions is the fine article by Willem Beuken, who examines the seams or adjoining chapters of the major sections of Isaiah (12-13; 27-28; 39-40; and 55-56) for clues to redactors' thinking. …

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