Robert Kraft, Exploring the Scripturesque, page 74
- Those of you who were troubled by Bob's:
Finally, the inner-Greek confusion of the original ἰάματα (iamata, "healings") and the secondary ἱμάτια (himatia, "garments"), which is attested in numerous MSS at Isa 58.8, may be mentioned as another example of a popular Christian "proof text"
might want to see page 100 of the introduction to Ziegler's critical edition of Isaiah:
Chief culprit is Tertullian, who in Concerning the Resurrection of the Flesh says: "We have mention of clothes in the Bible as symbol of the hope of flesh." But Jerome, the text critic, rejects this dogma: "For LXX: τα ἰάματα `your healings' Latin fathers suggest ἱμάτια `garments.' That's led a lot of commentators to err in using the passage to support the doctrine of bodily resurrection i.e. the body acting as garment for the soul that rises in the day of resurrection."
I guess what Bob means is that "And if you see the naked, and you clothe him, and you don't look away from your flesh!" means "and if you see the naked, and you clothe him; and you don't ignore your evangelist" -reading וּמְבַשֵּׂרְךָ"and your evangelist" for וּמִבְּשָׂרְךָ"and from your flesh." That makes verse 8: "Then your light will cleave as morning and quickly will sprout" citation of Numbers 17:23: "And on the next day Aaron's staff sprouted." This is a Christian testimony, since the parallel at Isa. 59:10 has "And your light will spring up in darkness, and your darkness as noon," which cites Luke 23:44 about the crucifixion: "And at the sixth hour (noon) there was darkness on all the earth." The naked evangelist is the Crucified One, and Num. 17:23: "And on the next day Moses came to the tent of testimony" refers to the arrival of the prophet at the darkness, which resembled a tent i.e. a "veil, which was split" beginning Luke 23:45. The darkness covered/clothed the testimony of the Crucified One. The problem-word ἰάματα/ ἱμάτια is אֲרוּכָה, which literally means "length" i.e. Aaron's staff. Isaiah turned Numbers 17:23 into a clip from the crucifixion-account at Luke 23:44-45. Good point, Bob!
Exploring the Picturesque: Jewsih Texts and their Christian Contexts, Leiden (Brill), 2009, SJSJ 137