Child theme in Isaiah 6-12

Peter Kirk Peter_Kirk at
Thu Feb 8 17:57:52 EST 2001

I'm not sure I understand you here. But do you mean that "vaticinium ex
eventu" is just a matter of the reader's perceptions? On that definition,
the Isaiah passage is "vaticinium ex eventu" to you but not to me, no
argument. But scholarship needs something rather less subjective to work on.

Peter Kirk

-----Original Message-----
From: Ian Hutchesson [mailto:mc2499 at]
Sent: 07 February 2001 13:22
To: Biblical Hebrew
Subject: Re: Child theme in Isaiah 6-12


It is sufficient that the reputed time of the text's concern is perceived by
the reader to be after the time of the central character (perceived to be
the prophet), yet taken by the text's writer (who is not the central
character) as related to the past. Traditions are very hard to map onto
history and there is no necessary reason for them to do so, yet those
traditions can easily be conceived of as having really happened -- whether
they had or not.


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