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Palgrave Macmillan

Reading the Book of Isaiah

Destruction and Lament in the Holy Cities

ISBN 9780230337695
Publication Date September 2011
Formats Ebook (PDF) Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Many scholars have approached both the origins of ancient city laments in some of the oldest Sumerian texts and how this "genre" found its way into the Tanakh/Old Testament. Randall Heskett goes a step further. He uses both historical criticismand a form-critical approach toanalyze and assessLamentation and Restoration of Destroyed Cities as oral traditions of ancient Israelite prophetic genres. He also shows how a later exilic/post-exilic redactional framework may have semantically transformed older prophetic genres about destruction and restoration to be reflexes of the events around 587 BCE.

Randall Heskett is an independent biblical scholar who has published several articles and published Messianism within the Scriptural Scroll of Isaiah, Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, Vol. 456. He also recently published Proverbs, Bible Briefs Series.

City Laments
Native Israelite Genres
Cities and Nations
Divine Council
Babylon the Great
Cyrus, Messiah, Restorer and Temple Builder
Isaiah 49-55
Concluding Remarks and a Lament for Today


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