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Opening the Sealed Book

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Of all the texts in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, perhaps no book has a more colourful history of interpretation than Isaiah. A comprehensive history of this interpretation between the prophet Malachi and the first days of Christianity, Joseph Blenkinsopp's ...


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Of all the texts in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, perhaps no book has a more colourful history of interpretation than Isaiah. A comprehensive history of this interpretation between the prophet Malachi and the first days of Christianity, Joseph Blenkinsopp's Opening the Sealed Booktraces three different prophetic traditions in Isaiah the "man of God," the critic of social structures, and the apocalyptic seer.

Blenkinsopp explores the place of Isaiah in Jewish sectarianism, at Qumran, and among early Christians, touching on a number of its themes, including exile, "the remnant of Israel," martyrdom, and "the servant of the Lord." Encompassing several disciplines hermeneutics, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Second Temple studies, Christian origins ---Opening the Sealed Book will appeal to Jewish and Christian scholars as well as readers fascinated by the intricate and influential prophetic visions of Isaiah.

Contents

1. Isaiah: The Book
2. Isaiah: Author, Prophet, Man of God
3. Isaiah at the Beginnings of Jewish Sectarianism
4. Reading Isaiah at Qumran
5. Reading Isaiah in Early Christianity, with Special Reference to Matthew's Gospel
6. Isaianic Titles in Qumran and Early Christianity
7. Exile in the Interpretation of Isaiah
8. The Many Faces of the Servant of the Lord

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Of all the texts in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, perhaps no book has a more colorful history of interpretation than Isaiah.A comprehensive history of interpretation of Isaiah between the prophet Malachi and the emperor Constantine, Joseph Blenkinsopp's "Unsealing the Sealed Book" explores the methods and interpretive conclusions of diverse groups. Blenkinsopp points out that the book of Isaiah was a sustaining factor in many dissident movements in the period studied and traces three different prophetic traditions from Isaiah, the "Man of God," the critic of social structures, and the apocalyptic seer. He details the place of Isaiah in Jewish Sectarianism, Qumran, and among early Christians, and touches on a number of its themes, including exile, "the remnant of Israel," martyrdom, and "the servant of the Lord."Crossing the disciplines of hermeneutics, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and early Christianity, "Unsealing the Sealed Book" will appeal to Jewish and Christian scholars, as well as readers fascinated by the complex, influential prophetic visions of Isaiah.
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 250394
  • Product Code 0802840213
  • EAN 9780802840219
  • Pages 335
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Old Testament
  • Publisher Eerdmans
  • Publication Date Nov 2006
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 21mm
  • Weight 0.453kg

Joseph Blenkinsopp

Joseph Blenkinsopp is John A. O'Brien Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at the University of Notre Dame. His books include The Pentateuch: An Introduction to the First Five Books of the Bible; A History of Prophecy in Israel; Judaism, the First Phase: The Place of Ezra and Nehemiah in the Origins of Judaism; Opening the Sealed Book: Interpretations of the Book of Isaiah in Late Antiquity and the three-volume Anchor Bible commentary on Isaiah.

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