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Old Testament Essays

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Abstract

FISCHER, Georg. Riddles of reference: "I" and "We" in the Books of Isaiah and Jeremiah: The relation of the suffering characters in the Books of Isaiah and Jeremiah. Old testam. essays [online]. 2012, vol.25, n.2, pp. 277-291. ISSN 2312-3621.

The use of "I" and "We" in literature is a delicate issue, especially when the references are left open. In some cases authors wish to involve their audience more (A). This feature can also be observed in the Books of Isaiah (B) and Jeremiah (C), and in some instances it is connected with suffering figures. In Isaiah "YHWH's servant" is outstanding among them, in Jeremiah the prophet himself. Interestingly, their portrayals show a number of common traits, and even the same or similar expressions. A comparison and analysis of them (D) points in the direction that the figure of the prophet Jeremiah seems to be a realisation of the servant and his fate, even radicalized to some extent, and that the book of Jeremiah is later than Isaiah, as a whole. The servant in Isaiah, and in Jeremiah the prophet of the same name, both testify personally, speaking with "I, " to a common message, namely that God achieves his goals through the suffering of his elect.

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