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Bibil Identifier bibil:213025
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Isaiah 36–39
Title (English, ) Rethinking the Issues of Priority and Historical Reliability
Author Anderson, Joel E.
Author Venter, Pieter M.
Journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Volume: 65, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 49-55 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Isaiah 36–39 is a coherent literary unity that both holds priority over II Kings 18–20 and reflects a historically reliable interpretation of the events surrounding Sennacherib’s invasion. On a literary level, Isaiah 36–39 shows itself to be a vital piece of the overall literary structure of Proto-Isaiah in that it highlights the fulfilment of Isaiah’s initial Immanuel prophecy in chapters 7–12. The historical occasion for the writing of Isaiah 36–39 is early on during the reign of Manasseh, when opinion in Judah would have been divided over how to interpret the historical events surrounding Sennacherib’s invasion. Isaiah 36–39, therefore, sought to vindicate Hezekiah as a faithful and righteous king, Isaiah as a true prophet and YHWH as the one true God, in contrast to Manasseh’s policy changes that clearly reflected his opinion that Hezekiah was a foolish king, Isaiah was a false prophet and YHWH was not powerful enough to protect Judah.
DOI 10.4102/hts.v65i1.123
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Divided Monarchy (933-587) : 8th century : Judah : Hezekiah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Mesopotamia (Elam, Mari, Sumer, Babylon, Assyria) : Mesopotamia (in general) : Literature : Correspondence - Archives : Historiographical Texts : Annals : Siege of Jerusalem (Annals of Sennacherib)
Pericopes Isaiah 36-39
2 Kings 18-20
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