• Reading "House of Jacob" in Isaiah 48:1–11 in Light of Benjamin

    Author(s):
    Cat Quine (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    Biblical Studies, Hebrew Bible / Old Testament
    Subject(s):
    Ancient Israel and Judea, Exile, Isaiah
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Benjamin, Biblical history, Deutero-Isaiah, Isaiah 40-55
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/0qrt-zt19
    Abstract:
    Isaiah 48:1–11 has been described as a difficult passage because of a perceived discord between its harsh tone and the message of comfort espoused elsewhere in Isa 40–55. This article analyzes this passage with regard to four groups of arguments: proposals of a Judahite origin for the text, the archaeological evidence for settlement continuity in the Benjaminite region in the Neo-Babylonian period, the development and use of the patriarchal traditions in the sixth century, and studies of hidden polemic. Drawing these together, I propose that the address to the house of Jacob in Isa 48:1–2 can be understood as referring to a sixth-century Judahite community in the Benjaminite region, perhaps in the vicinity of Bethel.
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    Published as:
    Journal article    
    Status:
    Provisional
    Last Updated:
    1 year ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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