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Old Testament Essays

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ODENDAAL, André G.; LE ROUX, Jurie H.  and  GROENEWALD, Alphonso.. Comfort in Second Isaiah: A study of the verb נחם. Old testam. essays [online]. 2015, vol.28, n.3, pp.738-759. ISSN 2312-3621.

The opening words of Isa 40:1 consist of a repetition of the verb -•- which means "comfort. " This study was undertaken due to the fact that the literature focusing on the verb -•- is minimal. Dictionaries give a summary about the verb and its root meanings in languages of Semitic background. The aim of the study was to prove that -•- is a theme in Second Isaiah, chs. 40-55 of the book of Isaiah. Most of the works that were used refer to the verb -•- and prefer to write about the relationship between Yahweh and Israel, the salvation and creation in Second Isaiah. The research focused on the information in theologies of the OT, articles and commentaries about the verb -•- in general and specifically in Second Isaiah. It included a study on three texts where the verb -•- occurs in Second Isaiah. The conclusion is made that -•-, "comfort, " is a very important theme in Second Isaiah combined with the themes of salvation and creation.

Keywords : Book of Isaiah; Second Isaiah; Deutero-Isaiah; Book of Consolation; comfort; salvation; creation.

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