By Paul M. Cook
Whereas many stories on Isaiah have an interest within the formation of the e-book, rather few have addressed the advance of the oracles pertaining to overseas international locations. Like many different prophetic books, the booklet of Isaiah incorporates a component of overseas countries oracles (Isaiah 13-23), yet inside of this assortment is a smaller grouping of literary fabric that offers with the international locations of Cush (Ethiopia) and Egypt (Isaiah 18-20). This publication considers the formation of this smaller workforce approximately Cush and Egypt in the literary context of the expansion of the bigger assortment and the advance of those person chapters. This publication additionally contributes a clean method of the formation of international international locations oracles in Isa 13-23.
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In Liebreich’s studies, a structural arrangement that could be merely coincidental (two ‘groups’ of five ַמ ָשּׂאsuperscriptions) is unduly forced to bear the weight of his proposal for the deliberate formation of the collection. Furthermore, his effort to demonstrate structural symmetry ultimately disregards other units of material, such as those oracles that lack the ַמ ָשּׂאsuperscription, or the distinction of Isa 24–27 as a separate literary unit. This treatment of the text results in a circular analysis, since the support for his claims is based on the validity of the thesis.
29 However, two main difficulties weaken Geyer’s formal analysis of these oracles. 30 Despite this statement, however, his treatment of the oracles appears to be inconsistent. On one hand, he takes Isa 19:1–25, for example, as a single oracle concerning Egypt and identifies all five formal elements within the span of those verses. Such a view presumes the compositional unity of the entire chapter, a notion that has been rejected almost unanimously by critical scholars (see Chapter 4, below). On the other hand, Geyer’s consideration of Isa 13:1–8 + 14:1–3 as a single textual unit demonstrates clear indifference to the final form of the text.
Proponents of both positions usually assume that the ַמ ָשּׂאtexts constitute a complete corpus of literary material that was added to the book at some point. However, several factors challenge the underlying notion of an independent collection of ַמ ָשּׂאoracles. First, while other prophetic books feature collections of foreign nations oracles (Jer 46–51; Ezek 25–32; Amos 1–2; Zeph 2:4–15), there are no other ַמ ָשּׂאcollections in the Hebrew Bible, such as is supposed to have been added to the book of Isaiah.