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Messianism within the Scriptural Scrolls of Isaiah
Heskett, Randall

New York: T&T Clark, 2007 pp. xv + 353. $160.00

Series Information
Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 456

Description: This work re-examines the traditional messianic texts in Isaiah used by later Judaism and/or Christianity. Older modern historical criticisms tended to focus on the historical origins of Israelite traditions so that most of the texts traditionally regarded as messianic came to be understood as non-messianic. However, Heskett uses various historical-critical methods and other contextual methodologies to show how smaller units of non-messianic tradition in the prehistory of the book gained a new messianic significance when they became part of the book of Isaiah as a whole. From that pespective, there are arguments for some messianic promises within the book of Isaiah showing that within the book's scriptural context the texts themselves provide a warrant for messianic readings. This study takes into account the important similarities and differences in Jewish and Christian perceptions of the same.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Isaiah, Literature

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Review by J. Todd Hibbard
Published 3/14/2009
Citation: J. Todd Hibbard, review of Randall Heskett, Messianism within the Scriptural Scrolls of Isaiah, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2009).

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