By Csaba Balogh
Makes an attempt to reconstruct the compositional heritage of the publication of Isaiah confine themselves typically to chapters 1-12 and 28-39, alleged to shroud the elemental middle of any early selection of Isaianic texts. different investigations which verge at the team of prophecies in regards to the countries in Isa 13-23 hardly delve into exegetical information to the level that the reader of Isaiah may think confident to face the following on accepted grounds. Even others, brazenly constrained to a small pericope within Isa 13-23, usually overlook the importance of this greater context. This ebook offers a radical research of Isaiah 18-20, enthusiastic about Egypt and Kush, from the earliest phases to their ultimate contextualisation in the constructing corpus of the Isaianic prophecies concerning the international locations.
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30–31 and Isa. 19 is another important theme to consider when addressing the question of its origin. 3 The Prophecy in Isaiah 20 Strictly speaking, Isa. 20 is not a prophetic text but a narrative. Its prophetic character is provided by three elements: its present position in a prophetic book, its description of a symbolic action and the prophetic oracle cited in vv. 3–6. The prophecy is often dated to the period mentioned in v. K. 322; Wildberger, 703–4. 116 Cf. 211; Kaiser, 86; Schoors, 121; Kilian, 123; Sweeney, 270–71; Höffken, 146; Blenkinsopp, 318; etc.
18–20 figure among those that have induced the most wide-ranging disagreements in the study of Isa. 13–23. Below, I shall reflect briefly on specific problems related to them in particular. 1 The Prophecy in Isaiah 18 Isa. 18 is considered an extremely obscure prophecy in the Isaianic collection. Although scholars generally agree that it deals with the nation of Kush, settled on lands south of Egypt, its ambiguous metaphors, vague references and encrypted message have given rise to contradictory interpretations.
In Assyria, Tiglath-pileser III needed vast material and human resources to keep his ever growing empire running. The small nations of the Levant gradually became the victims of a seemingly insatiable Assyrian appetite. In the view of these developments, the only possibility for survival and maintenance of national independence was the formation of alliances with other nations threatened by Assyria. Egypt and Kush, which were the chief supporters of anti-Assyrian movements, were also expected to provide the resources required to hold back the Assyrian war machine.
The Stele of YHWH in Egypt: The Prophecies of Isaiah 18–20 concerning Egypt and Kush by Csaba Balogh