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Bibil Identifier bibil:202015
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Justin Martyr's Logocentric Hermeneutical Transformation of Isaiah's Vision of the Nations
Author Bates, Matthew W.
Journal The Journal of Theological Studies (Volume: 60, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 538-555 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Within the book of Isaiah itself, the author's vision of the future of the nations takes on three basic forms: (1) subjection to Israel, (2) pilgrimage to Zion, and (3) incorporation into Israel. Justin employs a logocentric reading of Isaiah within which the distinct voice of the prophet is entirely swallowed up by the divine logos. By this logocentric reading strategy Justin transforms each of the three Isaianic themes in the following way. (1) The subjugation of the nations to Israel becomes the eschatological subservience of Israel to Jesus the Messiah. (2) The pilgrimage of the nations to Zion is interpreted metaphorically as the spiritual journey of the Gentiles to the God of Israel through Jesus Christ. (3) The incorporation of the nations into Israel is transformed into the inclusion of obdurate ethnic Israel into the Christian church. Justin's polemical use of Isaiah as a rhetorical tool for crafting the self-definition of the Christian community over against the synagogue stands as an important testimony to the status of Christianity in its relationship to Judaism in the second century.
DOI 10.1093/jts/flp113
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Justin (Martyr)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Nations
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