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Jerusalem and the Nations: Studies in the Book of Isaiah
Clements, Ronald E.

Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2011 pp. xii + 248. $90.00

Series Information
Hebrew Bible Monographs, 16

Description: This volume contains the fruit of three decades of Ronald Clementsís researches on prophecy in the Old Testament. In sixteen papers, seven of them not previously published, he broaches several leading questions about the origins of written prophecy in the Old Testament. A major focus is on the impact of the events of 701 BCE on the formation of the Isaiah book as a whole and the rise of Jerusalem as a centre of religious hope. Further studies deal with the role of the Isaiah book in current biblical interpretation and the failure of twentieth-century interpreters to explain its unity. Other subjects concern ideas of divine providence, theodicy, and the links between ancient scribal methods of book formation and canonical authority. Special attention is given to the attempts to retain traditional Christian approaches to a book, the interpretation of which has been greatly transformed by modern critical study.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Isaiah, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel

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Review by Bo H. Lim
Published 3/26/2015
Citation: Bo H. Lim, review of Ronald E. Clements, Jerusalem and the Nations: Studies in the Book of Isaiah, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2015).

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