This collection of essays arises from the lively discussions of the Formation of the Book of Isaiah Seminar of the Society of Biblical Literature. The essays exhibit the diversity of approach that has always been present in the seminar. Each contributor has a unique perspective and thus extends the frontiers of research on the book of Isaiah. Taken as a whole, the essays fall into two broad groups, being either “objective” in their approach to the text, embracing historical-critical method or a synchronic approach in which text rather than reader is the focus; or “postmodern,” in the sense that meaning is in no small degree located in what the reader does.
“This is a very interesting volume, and particularly beneficial is the interaction between essays that was generated by its seminar context. It contains much about method and hermeneutics as well as offering some interesting insights into the book of Isaiah, both in its parts and as a whole.” —Katharine J. Dell, Vetus Testamentum
Roy F. Melugin is Research Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas. Marvin A. Sweeney is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Claremont School of Theology and Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.
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