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date: 13 October 2019

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“Whoever wishes to discover the prophet cannot bypass the book.” This motto adequately characterizes the current exegetical paradigm in studies on the Book of Isaiah. It emphasizes the priority of the prophetic book emanating from the literary account of the historical prophet, which has been preserved, significantly extended, and shaped by its tradents for almost half a millennium. In order to enable readers to gain a deeper understanding of the prophetic message, this chapter outlines the history of research and gives an overview of the key periods of literary development, focusing on their influence on the book’s formation and prophetic massage. The Book of Isaiah in its final form is understood as a “literary drama” in which the readers witness the transformation of Jerusalem from a place of judgment into a place of eschatological salvation for both the righteous in Israel and the just ones from the nations.

Keywords: Isaiah, tradents, Jerusalem, judgment, eschatology, salvation

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