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Barker, William D.
Isaiah’s Kingship Polemic. An Exegetical Study in Isaiah 24–27.
Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2014. XV, 254 S. m. Abb. = Forschungen zum Alten Testament. 2. Reihe, 70. Kart. EUR 64,00. ISBN 978-3-16-153347-1.
J. Todd Hibbard
The present volume, a revised 2007 Cambridge dissertation written under Robert Gordon, examines Isaiah 24–27, a relatively self-contained section of the book (mis-)labeled the ›Isaiah apocalypse‹ by earlier scholars. This four chapter unit presents the interpreter with several unresolved issues, including its date, relationship to earlier texts and traditions, and meaning, to name just a few. William D. Barker’s central argument is that Isaiah 24–27 is an earlier rather than later unified prophetic (not apocalyptic) text that makes a case for YHWH’s cosmic kingship by taking up and re-casting, primarily, portions of the West Semitic mythic tradition associated with Ba’al. As such, the volume’s primary method involves comparing Isaiah 24–27 and Ugaritic texts, but ...
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