By Høyland Lavik, M.

This quantity sheds new gentle on an outdated and by some means complicated textual content, Isaiah 18. even supposing the vast majority of students through the years has seemed this bankruptcy tough to completely comprehend, the writer of this quantity demonstrates how Isa 18 may be obvious as a coherent complete by means of displaying itself to be an instance of Hebrew rhetoric.

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The textual observations referred to here concerning the rhetoric of entrapment of Isa 18:1–7, have not been touched on in previous studies on this chapter. A few commentators have suggested that the judgement described in 18:5–6 should be applied to Judah, rather than Cush, Assyria or other powers, but as long as they have not presented arguments for understanding the text this way, I believe there is need for a thorough 53 Cf. E. Walsh, The Fruit of the Vine (2000) 2: “[. ] images of vines, vineyards, and grape clusters throughout the Bible are used to convey the nature of relationships between Yahweh and his people [.

I will therefore in the following chapters make a closer analysis of Isa 18:1–7, and this will, hopefully, shed some light on what appears to me as a somewhat overlooked text in the book of Isaiah. 3. Method Before the detailed analysis of Isa 18 can start, it is necessary to make some methodological considerations. This entry contains four parts that all deal with methodological issues. Isa 18 is a rhetorical composition, and my aim is to see how the chapter is designed in order to persuade an audience.

67 Other examples of scholars following the Muilenburg mode are T. R. 69 These three studies exhibit different styles and emphases in the study of Old Testament texts, but have in common an understanding of rhetoric as the art of composition. 70 b) Rhetoric as the art of persuasion The second understanding defines rhetoric as the art of persuasion. Within this understanding, some scholars accentuate the classical model of rhetoric, while others do not. 71 Y. J. R. Lundbom, Jeremiah (1997). His thesis was first published in 1975.

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