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Isaiah 40-55 (Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries Series)

Joseph Blenkinsopp

Isaiah 40-55 (Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries Series)

Joseph Blenkinsopp

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The stirring words of Israel's most prolific and recognized prophet - the inspiration for Handel's Messiah and countless other works of music and art are endowed with new meaning and resonance in this book.

- Publisher Scholars have traditionally isolated three distinct sections of what is known as the "Book of Isaiah", and in "Isaiah 40-55", distinguished biblical scholar Joseph Blenkinsopp provides a new translation and critical commentary on the section usually referred to as Second or Deutero Isaiah. The second volume in a three-volume commentary, it easily maintains the high standards of academic excellence established by "Isaiah 1-39"."Second Isaiah" was written in the sixth century b.c.e., in the years just before the fall of the mighty Babylonian Empire, by an anonymous prophet whom history has erroneously identified with the real Isaiah (born ca. 765 b.c.e.). Scholars know "Second Isaiah" was written by someone other than Isaiah because the contexts of these prophecies are so very different. When "Second Isaiah" was written, the prophet believed that Israel's suffering was drawing to a close. There was, he insisted, a new age upon them, a time of hope, peace, and renewed national prosperity. The main thrust of the prophet's argument was intended to rally the spirits of a people devastated by war and conquest. One of the most famous examples of this optimistic tone is the well-known and beloved Song of the Suffering Servant, which is found in Chapters 52-53, and about which Blenkinsopp has some challenging new ideas.The final chapters of "Second Isaiah", however, are in an entirely different key as it becomes clear that the new world the prophet foresaw earlier was not going to come to pass. This despair finds its most poignant expression in the final section of the "Book of Isaiah", which Blenkinsopp will address in his forthcoming third volume.

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About "Isaiah 40-55 (Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries Series)"

The stirring words of Israel's most prolific and recognized prophet - the inspiration for Handel's Messiah and countless other works of music and art are endowed with new meaning and resonance in this book.
- Publisher

Scholars have traditionally isolated three distinct sections of what is known as the "Book of Isaiah", and in "Isaiah 40-55", distinguished biblical scholar Joseph Blenkinsopp provides a new translation and critical commentary on the section usually referred to as Second or Deutero Isaiah. The second volume in a three-volume commentary, it easily maintains the high standards of academic excellence established by "Isaiah 1-39"."Second Isaiah" was written in the sixth century b.c.e., in the years just before the fall of the mighty Babylonian Empire, by an anonymous prophet whom history has erroneously identified with the real Isaiah (born ca. 765 b.c.e.). Scholars know "Second Isaiah" was written by someone other than Isaiah because the contexts of these prophecies are so very different. When "Second Isaiah" was written, the prophet believed that Israel's suffering was drawing to a close. There was, he insisted, a new age upon them, a time of hope, peace, and renewed national prosperity. The main thrust of the prophet's argument was intended to rally the spirits of a people devastated by war and conquest. One of the most famous examples of this optimistic tone is the well-known and beloved Song of the Suffering Servant, which is found in Chapters 52-53, and about which Blenkinsopp has some challenging new ideas.The final chapters of "Second Isaiah", however, are in an entirely different key as it becomes clear that the new world the prophet foresaw earlier was not going to come to pass. This despair finds its most poignant expression in the final section of the "Book of Isaiah", which Blenkinsopp will address in his forthcoming third volume.
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Meet the Author

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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  • Catalogue Code 276039
  • Product Code 9780300140545
  • ISBN 0300140541
  • EAN 9780300140545
  • Pages 432
  • Department Academic
  • Category Old Testament Commentaries
  • Sub-Category Isaiah
  • Publisher Yale University Press
  • Publication Date Dec 2007
  • Dimensions 227 x 154 x 25 mm
  • Weight 0.590kg

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