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Isaiah, Book of
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1. Overall Structure

Ever since B. Duhm’s epochal commentary (1892), scholars have generally divided the Book of Isaiah into three parts:

Isaiah I, chaps. 1–39, according to the dating in 1:1; 6:1; 36:1, the testament of the prophet Isaiah from the eighth century b.c.;

• Isaiah II (Deutero-Isaiah), chaps. 40–55, which the reference to Babylon (43:14; 47) and the election of the Persian king Cyrus (558–29; Isa. 44:28; 45:1) identify as an exilic prophecy; and

• Isaiah III (Trito-Isaiah), chaps. 56–…

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Dietrich, Walter, “Isaiah, Book of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_I341>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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