Old Testament Essays
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GROENEWALD, Alphonso. The Significance of תורה (Isa 2:3) within Isaiah 2:1-5: The Relationship of the First Overture (1:1-2:5) to the Book's Conclusion (Isa 65-66). Old testam. essays [online]. 2013, vol.26, n.3, pp.695-717. ISSN 2312-3621.
One of the best known passages in the entire book of Isaiah is the magisterial vision in Isa 2 of the nations streaming to Zion in the days to come to receive Yahweh's -•-•. How should we understand Torah in this text? Should the noun -•-• be understood and simply translated as "prophetic teaching" or "instruction, " or does it here refer to a written code of ethical and religious teaching? In this article the "vision of peace " in Isa 2:1-5 will be analysed according to the latter interpretation of Torah. The implications of this interpretation will be re-examined. It supports an understanding of Isaiah as a prophet like Moses; the prophetic figure is hereby transformed to actualise and update the Torah itself, as legislative instruction for Israel. Attention will also be paid to the immediate literary context, as well as its relationship with the conclusion of the Book of Isaiah (Isa 65-66).