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Isaiah and Imperial Context: The Book of Isaiah in the Times of Empire
Abernethy, Andrew T., Mark G. Brett, Tim Bulkeley and Tim Meadowcroft, editors

Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013 pp. xii + 236. $29.00


Description: Interpreting Isaiah requires attention to empire. The matrix of the book of Isaiah was the imperial contexts of Assyria, Babylon, and Persia. The community of faith in these eras needed a prophetic vision for life. Not only is the book of Isaiah crafted in light of empire, but current readers cannot help but approach Isaiah in light of imperial realities today. As a neglected area of research, Isaiah and Imperial Context probes how empire can illumine Isaiah through essays that utilize archaeology, history, literary approaches, post-colonialism, and feminism within the various sections of Isaiah. The contributors are Andrew T. Abernethy, Mark G. Brett, Tim Bulkeley, John Goldingay, Christopher B. Hays, Joy Hooker, Malcolm Mac MacDonald, Judith E. McKinlay, Tim Meadowcroft, Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, and David Ussishkin.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches, Ideological Critique

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Review by Alan J. Hauser
Published 1/7/2015
Citation: Alan J. Hauser, review of Andrew T. Abernethy, Mark G. Brett, Tim Bulkeley, and Tim Meadowcroft, eds., Isaiah and Imperial Context: The Book of Isaiah in the Times of Empire, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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