By Thomas Yoder Neufeld
Isaiah fifty nine portrays a deity in armour warring opposed to rebellious human foes. during this historic research, Yoder Neufeld maps the transformation of an old culture right into a inventive new studying within which God's humans wear God's armour and visit conflict opposed to God's heavenly foes, as in Ephesians 6. The Pauline recasting of the Isaianic motif, argues the writer, is a bracing one.
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More likely is that eft* ]T* is parallel to 'no intervened (IT3SD ]*»**) that is, no one takes note of and intervenes on behalf of the victims of the oppressors. Here too it can be said that 'there is no CDSefD'. Support for 65. Hanson prefers 'realized' (srm) and suggests that there has been significant disruption to the meter and parallel structure of 15b, and that 'balance and good sense are restored by merely supposing that an original JJT1 from the second stichos has been misplaced, and under the force of its new context, the "T has been changed to "V (Dawn ofApocalyptic, p.
The only role accorded the people is that of enemies of the Lord and of his virtues. Secondly, the Lord as Divine Warrior is presented almost exclusively in his historic role as avenging and punitive judge. There is nothing specifically apocalyptic or exclusively futuristic about the way the Divine Warrior is described in this passage. This impression is aided by the fact that throughout Isaiah 59 LXX there is a constant shifting of tenses. In part this is due to the translation from the Hebrew.
But it is not at all clear that the Song should be read in an eschatological light for it to function as warning and promise. Its redactional location prior to the story of entry into the land means that it was not read in that way by the redactor. That there is a view to the future in Isaiah 59 has clearly been recognized in this study. It is precisely the intention of this text to warn and call to repentance. That call is motivated by the understanding that as Yahweh has acted in the past so he can be counted on to act in the future.