This study investigates four passages in Isaiah 40-55 mocking the fabrication of idols: 40:19-20, 41:6-7,44:9-20, and 46:6-7. In the scholarly study of Isaiah 40-55 these passages have had a history quite parallel to their much more famous relatives - «the servant songs». They have generally been approached from diachronic points of view, often claimed to be later additions, and therefore rather uninteresting as far as the theology of Isaiah 40-55 is concerned. In the present study more synchronic aspects are emphasized. The idol-fabrication passages are given a close reading, especially observing their function within their immediate literary contexts. This turns out to demonstrate that the passages contrast the idol-fabricators with Yahweh, as an ironical emphasizing of Yahweh's incomparability.
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The Author: Knut Holter (1958) studied Theology in Stavanger and Semitic languages in Oslo and Cambridge. He obtained his doctorate in Theology at the University of Oslo in 1993, and is currently Associate Professor of Old Testament at the School of Mission and Theology in Stavanger.Review:
«The reviewer recommends this book to anybody studying Second Isaiah.» (Michael B. Dick, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly)
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