[b-hebrew] Isaiah 53 read within the book as a whole

UUC unikom at paco.net
Fri May 21 08:38:36 EDT 2004


Dear Liz,

Do you know where the land of the living is employed as a metaphor for the
territory?


Best regards,

Vadim



> Israel had suffered double for all her sins by the exile.
> Deuetero Isaiah preached that the time of forgiveness had dawned
> and that it was time to return home. The  pathway for our god across
> the desert which was the return of YHWH to Zion which all the world
> could see was the ret urn of the temple vessels (Isiah 52) from
> Babylon, the temple of Marduk where they had been, to Zion and
> the rebuilt temple.
> That is what Second Isaiah is about, the return of the Jews to
> Zion rebuilt. The climax is Isaiah 52. The one spoken of in Isaiha
> 53 was cut off from the land of the living, that is, he didn't get to
> return, but he had enabled the return somehow.
> Liz Fried
> A2
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> > [mailto:b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of
> > Harold R. Holmyard III
> > Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2004 10:54 PM
> > To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
> > Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Isaiah 53 read within the book as a whole
> >
> > Dear David,
> >
> > I like this idea that Isaiah 53 explains how Israel received
> > double for all her sins, and I will have to try and read
> > Isaiah that way to see if it works.  I have always understood
> > double to imply that Israel had been punished twice as much
> > as she had sinned. And much in Scripture suggests Israel will
> > be punished terribly before ultimate peace and victory comes.
> > So while I accept all that you said and am grateful that you
> > said it, the words of Isaiah 40 still seem enigmatic.
> >
> > Yours,
> > Harold Holmyard
> >
> > >To this situation a surprising twist is
> > >introduced: exile is announced (39:5-7) and then it is to
> > end (40:1-2)!
> > >The surprise is that their iniquity has been atoned for, yet nirstah
> > >creates an uncertainty about how this has occurred, i.e. is
> > the niphal
> > >reflexive or passive? An ambiguity is introduced, fanned by the
> > >ambiguous dual kiplayim. In what way has Jerusalem received an
> > >"equivalent" punishment for so many years rebellious years--for
> > >judgement is proclaimed then quickly announced as complete? All this
> > >"good news" they are to herald (40:9), yet how this has been
> > achieved
> > >is hidden by nirstah.
> >
> >
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