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By Paul M. Cook

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Whereas many stories on Isaiah have an interest within the formation of the ebook, rather few have addressed the improvement of the oracles bearing on overseas international locations. Like many different prophetic books, the booklet of Isaiah incorporates a component to overseas international locations oracles (Isaiah 13-23), yet inside this assortment is a smaller grouping of literary fabric that bargains with the countries of Cush (Ethiopia) and Egypt (Isaiah 18-20). This publication considers the formation of this smaller staff approximately Cush and Egypt in the literary context of the expansion of the bigger assortment and the advance of those person chapters. This e-book additionally contributes a clean method of the formation of overseas countries oracles in Isa 13-23.

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Whereas many experiences on Isaiah have an interest within the formation of the publication, fairly few have addressed the advance of the oracles relating international countries. Like many different prophetic books, the ebook of Isaiah encompasses a part of international countries oracles (Isaiah 13-23), yet inside of this assortment is a smaller grouping of literary fabric that bargains with the international locations of Cush (Ethiopia) and Egypt (Isaiah 18-20).

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Another argument against the insertion of a complete collection of ‫ ַמ ָשּׂא‬oracles can be raised from the diversity of the ‫ ַמ ָשּׂא‬oracles in Isa 13–23. As the following discussion will show, scholars have been unable to identify any common formal elements among those texts that are introduced by ‫ ַמ ָשּׂא‬. Also, even considering the likelihood that many of the oracles have received additional expansion, the present forms range considerably in length from the two verses of the Dumah oracle (21:11–12) to the two chapters of the Moab oracle (15–16).

37 In the case of the Babylon oracle beginning at 13:1, Babylon is not mentioned after the superscription until 13:19 (also 14:4, 22). The Valley of Vision (22:1, 5) and Tyre (23:1, 5, 8, 15, 17) oracles also name the addressee only at some later point.

Clark, 1950), 178. 10 Richard D. D. , Claremont Graduate School, 1986), 353–7. Victor Sasson (“An Unrecognized ‘Smoke Signal’ in Isaiah xxx 27,” VT 33 [1983]: 90–95) relates the unusual form ‫ַמ ָשּׂ ָאה‬ in MT Isa 30:27 to ‫ ַמ ְשׂ ֵאת‬as well. 11 However, 2 Kgs 9:25 speaks of lifting up (‫ )נשׂא‬a ‫ ַמ ָשּׂא‬, with clear reference to a prophetic utterance rather than any kind of physical burden or load. This would seem to affirm an etymological connection between the noun ‫ ַמ ָשּׂא‬and the verb ‫נשׂא‬, even if its development cannot be traced.

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