Re: One Writer's Interpretation of THREE VOICES in Isaiah!
- --- In AncientBibleHistory@yahoogroups.com, "George"
> Dear ABH Readers:I read this book several years ago and was impressed with it. As I
> In the book, Judaism in Persia's Shadow: A social
> and Historical Approach by Jon L. Berquist (1995)
> on pages 74-76 we are presented with a very INNOVATIVE
> look at how to interpret biblical texts. He perceives
> THREE camps - IMMIGRANT PRIESTS, IMMIGRANT POLITICIANS
> and the NATIVES. I found this to be the highlight of
> the book!
recall, it presents the scenario I have occasionally mentioned: the
major Pentateuch redaction probably resulting from policies of Darius.
And if I'm not remembering things wrong, the 3-way dialogue in Isaiah
would be set in the 5th century as well.
I believe you are correct. The 3-way discussion
is a post-exilic discussion.... specifically
from the period of time when the temple was being
The MAJOR under-explored area in these discussions
is that Berquist, like most others in the field,
has a Jerusalem-centrist viewpoint.... which blinds
the writer of focusing any attention on the idea
that the NATIVE voices might be those of Samaritan
But there's more than enough material in his treatment
to warrant accolades. To see THREE voices WITHIN
the last chapters of Isaiah is dramatically important,
though some might want to consider this a contrived