By Lester L. Grabbe, Robert D. Haak
Urbanism in historical society has now turn into a major subject for either classical and historic close to jap students. both, the query of prophecy as social establishment and literary corpus has been more and more problematized. The essays during this quantity compile those the most important facets of recent biblical study, the scope starting from methodological concerns approximately sociology and urbanism to Assyrian prophecies and particular biblical texts. An introductory bankruptcy surveys fresh anthropological learn on urbanism, summarizes the essays, and areas different contributions in context.
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Several of the papers in this volume provide very helpful theological or ideological studies. These can be used in the socio-historical task, but they are not a substitute for it. CITYSCAPE TO LANDSCAPE: THE 'BACK TO NATURE' THEME IN ISAIAH 1-35 Joseph Blenkinsopp Von diesen Stadten wird bleiben was durch sie hindurchging, der Wind. ) The purpose of this paper is to invite reflection on a theme of frequent occurrence in Isaiah, but one less frequently discussed. Several passages in Isa. 1-35 predict that particular cities, or an anonymous city, or cities in general, will go back to nature, will be depopulated and become a habitat for wild animals.
2; cf. 1-5). 4-13, the loss of wine to drink appears to be the most dominantly negative feature (vv. 6). Such a motif is so common in the prophetic discourses that one may read it here as a trace and echo of all the prophetic material on invasion and destruction where invasive destruction is comparable to the gathering of the vintage (cf. Jer. 32-33). —characterize 'the city of chaos'. But what or which or who is this city of chaos? 2, the palace of aliens which has become a city no longer? 1? In other words, are we dealing with one (mythic) city here, with two cities or with more than two cities?
3-6). One of these Isaian authors presents his version of a rural Utopia: wilderness will be turned into fertile land which will be as common as scrubland, and it will be a realm of justice and peace. 15-20). This theme of the transformation of the physical and moral environment, to be brought about by the spirit of God ('.. until a spirit from on high is poured out on us', v. 15a), is expressed with the help of terms denoting distinct ecologies, all contrasting in different ways with urban civilization.