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Das Ende Deuterojesajas: Eine literarkritische und redaktiongeschichtliche Studie zur Entstehung von Jes 40–66
Weidner, Alexander

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017 pp. xiv + 273. $119.00

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Forschungen zum Alten Testament, 2/94

Description: Published in German. Ever since Bernhard Duhm, Isa 55 is either taken to be the final chapter of Second Isaiah or of a Fortschreibung. Recently though, objections have increased and been raised on various sides. Alexander Weidner shows that this chapter builds a bridge between Isa 54 and Isa 60 although it is actually younger than both of these. Starting with Isa 55, the formation of Isa 40:46–55:60 is primarily considered. The core of Second Isaiah is to be found in 40:12–46:11, while Isa 48:20 is regarded as being considerably younger. The author also shows that chapters 40:48–52:54f have a multi-layered history of development behind them. A final look at the Septuaginta teaches that in many instances, this should not be taken as an imprecise translation, but rather that it not only perceives, but also deliberately smoothes over the places where modern Literarkritik begins.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Isaiah, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism, Literary Approaches

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Review by Marvin A. Sweeney
Published 4/3/2020
Citation: Marvin A. Sweeney, review of Alexander Weidner, Das Ende Deuterojesajas: Eine literarkritische und redaktiongeschichtliche Studie zur Entstehung von Jes 40–66, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2020).

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