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Berit Olam: Isaiah 56-66
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Berit Olam: Isaiah 56-66

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Liturgical Press 2014

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The last chapters of the book of Isaiah offer a vision of new hope at the dawn of the postexilic period. The dense and complex imagery of light, espousal, and victory gives expression to the joyful reality of a return to Jerusalem and to the as-yet-unrealized dreams of rebuilding and repopulating what has been laid to waste.

Trito-Isaiah's proclamation of God's salvation or victory appears both as a brilliant light and a terrible darkness in these chapters. For while Yahweh's triumph means rejoicing for his righteous servants, it portends unspeakable horror for those who rebel against him.

Far from a remotely related appendix tacked on to the prophetic text, Niskanen examines Isaiah 56–66 within the broader context of the entire book of Isaiah, revealing the stylistic and thematic connections between these and earlier chapters and the significance of the poetical structures and imagery employed in Isaiah 56–66.

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Key Features

  • Emphasizes the literary nature of the Hebrew Bible
  • Provides thoughtful exegesis and interpretation
  • Biblical research in the Catholic tradition

Praise for the Print Edition

As N. settles to his task, however, the discussion begins to focus on the text at hand, with illuminating observations aided by responsible but fairly selective engagement with secondary literature. The wide readership envisaged for this series will find in N.'s work a helpful, if not rigorous, resource for exploring the final part of Isaiah.

—Barbara Green, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly

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About Paul V. Niskanen

Paul V. Niskanen teaches Old Testament at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. His interests include an exploration of Hebrew poetry, along with prophetic and apocalyptic imagery. He has written a monograph and a commentary on the book of Daniel as well as articles on Daniel, Isaiah, and Genesis for the Catholic Biblical Quarterly and the Journal of Biblical Literature.

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