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Old Testament Essays

On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
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AMZALLAG, Nissim  and  YONA, Shamir. The Significance of the Rhetorical Ambiguity in Isaiah 54:16. Old testam. essays [online]. 2018, vol.31, n.2, pp.323-338. ISSN 2312-3621.

The ambiguity in Isa 54:16a concerning the identity of the subject (Yhwh or the smith) of the two verbs relating a metallurgical action (to blow and to cast) is identified here as a rhetorical device intending to conceal the essential relation of YHWH with metallurgy. Integrated in the whole Isa 54 chapter, this device becomes a plea for the definitive replacement of Edom with Israel as yhwh 'speople, exactly as in Isa 34-35 and Isa 61-63.

Keywords : primeval Yahwism; kbd-YHWH; copper metallurgy; anti-Edomite ideology; book of Isaiah.

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