By Høyland Lavik, M.
This quantity sheds new gentle on an outdated and one way or the other perplexing textual content, Isaiah 18. even supposing nearly all of students through the years has seemed this bankruptcy tricky to totally comprehend, the writer of this quantity demonstrates how Isa 18 will be noticeable as a coherent complete by way of displaying itself to be an instance of Hebrew rhetoric.
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Craven, Artistry and Faith in the Book of Judith (1983). Craven diverged from Muilenburg in that she considered rhetorical analysis a complete approach divorced from form criticism. R. Ceresko, “A Rhetorical Analysis of David’s ‘Boast’ (1 Sam 17:34–37)”, CBQ 47 (1985) 58–74. 70 Cf. K. J. C. C. Black, “Keeping up with Recent Studies XVI. H. H. J. Reimer, The Oracles against Babylon in Jeremiah 50–51 (1993), C. A. Smith, Rhetoric and Redaction in Trito-Isaiah (1995), P. van der Lugt, Rhetorical Criticism and the Poetry of the Book of Job (1995).
See also K. Möller, A Prophet in Debate (2003) 2, who examines “[. ] the communicative function of the book of Amos” (his italics), and further, on p. 294, where he states that the texts in the book of Amos have been compiled “[. ” 87 B. Wiklander, Prophecy as Literature (1984). H. O’Connell, Concentricity and Continuity (1994). C. Jones, Howling over Moab (1996). 90 K. Möller, A Prophet in Debate (2003). Although Möller is already included in the group of scholars that regards rhetoric as the art of persuasion, he is at the same time occupied with what he calls “rhetorical structure” in the book of Amos, and therefore he also needs to be mentioned here (p.
50 This similarity between traditional and recent approaches when it comes to the understanding of Isa 18 is, as already said, probably due to the enigmatic nature of the text. Being enigmatic, the text invites the reader to speculate in questions such as who are described, what is their mission, who is to be judged, etc.? If one can ﬁnd adequate answers to questions, one can come close to what the text as a whole is all about. In my view, the understanding of vv. 5–6 is vital for the understanding of the text as a whole.