"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by John August Swanson. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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Isaiah 1:10-20; 2:1-4 Commentary
by Richard W. Nysse
A single stop in the book of Isaiah should not presume a complete picture of the narrative texture of the book.
If one seeks to build a historical narrative through the use of a narrative lectionary, the book of Isaiah will confound any simplistic attempt. Whatever other label one might give to the book of Isaiah, a historical retelling of the preaching of Isaiah is not the label one would choose.
The book is a layered book, giving evidence of the preached word for more than one era in the history of Israel. To say the book is layered may be too simplistic; the book is not simply three parts stacked one upon another. Even if the preacher has learned to fragment the book into three parts, namely, 1-39, 40-55, and 56-66, the sections are interconnected editorially in a way that precludes merely speaking of three Isaiahs: one from the late 700's to early 600's, another from the later period of the exile and finally one from the post-exilic period. First Isaiah was not a book to which two discreet additions (so-called Second Isaiah and Third Isaiah) were subsequently attached. Whatever adding took place ...
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Narrative Lectionary 011: Isaiah
November 20, 2011
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's reading is Isaiah: Isaiah 1:10-20; 2:1-4.