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Old Testament Essays

On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
Print version ISSN 1010-9919


MAVINGA, Joseph N.. Isaiah's Oracle (4:2-6; 11:1-9): Hope for the Congolese if they benefit from the צֶמַח meaningful senses. Old testam. essays [online]. 2013, vol.26, n.1, pp.154-171. ISSN 2312-3621.

Isaiah's oracle (4:2; 11:1-2) respectively on and is meaningful in the social situation of hopelessness in Judah. This hopeless socio-religious1 situation in Zion-Jerusalem elicited Isaiah's oracle in order to challenge the leaders as regards their exercise of authority. In a literary style (the synonymous and repetitive parallelisms)the oracle relates from its literal usage (germination of the plants) to its metaphoric sense (the sprouting forth of a rightful leadership) from the Davidic line. This twofold meaning of in Isaiah's message had challenged the Judean leadership as regards its moral values improvement which would have led the people of the time to enjoy the wealth of the land. This paper, firstly, analyses twofold meaning of in Isaiah's oracle. Secondly, it discusses the leadership's exercise of authority and its managerial responsibilities of the wealth of the land in the Democratic Republic of Congo (thereafter DRC). Thirdly, an appropriative reading of texts in their contexts provides the leadership in the Congo with insight on how to take advantage of the land fertility.

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