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Bibil Identifier bibil:226935
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Political Issue of the Ascension of Isaiah: A Response to Enrico Norelli
Author Knight, Jonathan
Journal Journal for the Study of the New Testament (Volume: 35, Issue: 4)
Undefined link The Political Issue of the Ascension of Isaiah: Some Remarks on Jonathan Knight's Thesis and Some Methodological Problems
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 355-379 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Enrico Norelli argued in 2003 that the references to martyrdom in the Ascension of Isaiah are symbolic rather than actual. This article challenges his reliance on the Mishnah in support of the assertion that Isaiah dies as a martyr in the contest between true and false prophecy in the second-century church. It argues that the progress of thought in chs. 1–5 suggests that martyrdom is more obviously an actual and recent feature of the authors’ experience than a merely symbolic entity. The martyrdom of Ignatius is further considered in this context. This result is the insistence that the Ascension of Isaiah has a strong ‘political’ dimension in both of its halves. Such evidence must be inserted into the evaluation of the emerging Christian movement, not least in its response to both Jews and the Romans as factors external to, yet bearing on, the church, at the time of writing.
DOI 10.1177/0142064X13481411
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Isaiah : Ascension of Isaiah / Martyrdom of Isaiah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Martyrdom
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Eschatology
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