Oh, That You Would Rend the Heavens and Come Down!: The Eschatological Theology of Third Isaiah (Isaiah 56Ė66)
Sung-Ho Oh, Abraham
Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2014 pp. xiii + 270. $25.60
Description: Historical-critical scholars have often thought that writing a coherent theology of Isaiah 56-66 is impossible because it contains such historically and ideologically diverse materials. However, a canonical approach to the chapters is open to considering Third Isaiah as a complex but coherent theological unity. Leaning on this approach, this book attempts to construct a theology of Isaiah 56-66. Arguing that the theology of Third Isaiah has eschatology (both prophetic and apocalyptic) at its core, it identifies four major themes and explores their significance through four key texts (56:1-8; 59:15b-21; 60:1-22; 65:13-25).
The covenant concept (56:1-8) forms a framework for the eschatology in these chapters. People are invited to walk in the covenant, which is worked out as eschatological salvation. The coming of YHWH as the Divine Warrior initiates the eschatological era (59:15b-21) and, bringing judgment, restores the covenant. As the Temple-city-paradise (60:1-22) into which the nations flow, the glorified Zion is the eschatological fulfilment of the covenant, Zion, and Servant traditions. The New Heavens and Earth (65:13-25) is a return to the primordial paradise, where the natural world is restored, as the problem of sin is resolved.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Isaiah, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Theology
Review by Klaus Koenen
Citation: Klaus Koenen, review of Abraham Sung-Ho Oh, Oh, That You Would Rend the Heavens and Come Down!: The Eschatological Theology of Third Isaiah (Isaiah 56Ė66), Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).
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