This far-ranging volume, edited by Claire Mathews McGinnis and Patricia K. Tull, offers a survey of the history of Isaiah’s reception over the course of two millennia, from the Septuagint and early versions, continuing through the centuries in Jewish and Christian exegesis, and concluding with the late twentieth century. Each chapter includes an introductory survey of Isaiah’s interpretation within a particular historical context and then pursues a particular facet of Isaiah’s reception by one of Isaiah’s many readers in that time period. An indispensable resource for scholars and students working in the fields of biblical studies, hermeneutics, and the history of interpretation, this volume will also appeal to anyone with an interest in the book of Isaiah and its interpretation.
Claire Mathews McGinnis is Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for the Humanities at Loyola College in Maryland. She is the author of Defending Zion: Edom’s Desolation and Jacob’s Restoration (Isaiah 34–35) in Context (de Gruyter). Patricia K. Tull is Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the author of Remember the Former Things: The Recollection of Previous Texts in Second Isaiah (Society of Biblical Literature). They are both former co-chairs and contributing members of the Formation of the Book of Isaiah Group in the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting.
“Fifteen essays on the reception history of the book of Isaiah in Jewish and Christian history make a welcome addition to the literature about it, drawing attention to the exceptionally formative role it has played from ancient to modern times. … The essays are sometimes a survey of familiar territory but much is exploratory and they open up insights into the importance of this area of research for biblical exegesis. They make a worthy tribute to the memory of Gerald Sheppard to whom the collection is dedicated.” — R. E. Clements, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
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