By Høyland Lavik, M.
This quantity sheds new gentle on an previous and in some way complicated textual content, Isaiah 18. even supposing nearly all of students through the years has looked this bankruptcy tough to completely comprehend, the writer of this quantity demonstrates how Isa 18 may be visible as a coherent complete via displaying itself to be an instance of Hebrew rhetoric.
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Accordingly, having made a preliminary reading of this particular chapter, I have got the impression of a text with one superior aim, namely to persuade the Judeans to keep to YHWH and avoid the foreign people from Cush. It is my contention that the text— despite its focus on the remote nation Cush at the beginning and end—contains a message of judgement towards Judah. By letting the remote power frame the message as a whole, the audience is ensnared to believe that the message is directed towards the Cushites.
Muilenburg, “Form Criticism and Beyond”, JBL 88 (1969) 1–18. 62 Classical rhetoric, secular literary critical theories, biblical literary studies together with form criticism were components that made up the background for his proposal. 63 Cf. G. von Herder, Vom Geist der ebräischen Poesie 1 & 2 (1827), which is an early example of the study on the “inner spirit” of ancient Hebrew poetry. What Muilenburg labelled “rhetorical criticism” had also earlier been done in the literary tradition of R. G.
Watts’ italics). It should be mentioned that works concerned about Africa and Africans in the Old Testament of course include a reading of Isa 18. Such studies do however not insist on being detailed investigations of individual texts—they have a wider perspective, cf. T. S. Sadler, “Can a Cushite Change His Skin? An Examination of Race, Ethnicity, and Othering in the Hebrew Bible” (2001). 33 Isa 18 has puzzled scholars working either as textual critics, literary critics or redaction critics. 34 Further, scholars working within the framework of literary criticism or redaction criticism have suggested that the text in its ﬁnal form lays bare signs of a compositional growth.