Category Archives: Isaiah

Thomas Merton on Isaiah

Day Fifteen of “Through Advent with Isaiah” Thomas Merton wrote in The Waters of Siloe, pp. 295-296: The whole harmonious structure of the simple observances, the monastic life we have been discussing, the simple round of prayer and labor and … Continue reading

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Justice in III Isaiah

Day Fourteen of “Through Advent with Isaiah” Whereas justice in II Isaiah deals with the cost of being faithful to Yahweh and ministering to the poor, the widowed, the orphan, and the powerless, justice in III Isaiah seems to be … Continue reading

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Justice in II Isaiah

Day Thirteen of “Through Advent with Isaiah” I found the reference to the development of the idea of justice in Isaiah. It was in a review by Eryl W. Davies in The Journal of Theological Studies (59:1, April 2008, p. … Continue reading

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The Idea of Justice in First Isaiah

Day Twelve of “Through Advent with Isaiah” So far I have really been looking at the possible historical origins of the Book of Isaiah, but today I want to look at a basic theme in the book and how it … Continue reading

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Isaiah and His Kings (V): Hezekiah in 2 Kings, Isaiah, and 2 Chronicles

Day Eleven of “Through Advent with Isaiah” I have gone down the rabbit hole of Isaiah. It is a very confusing Wonderland. Because I am still a PhD student I have access to the academic databases with all their academic … Continue reading

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Isaiah and His Kings (IV): Isaiah 36-39

Day Ten of “Through Advent with Isaiah” Chapters 36 through 39 of the Book of Isaiah stand out because they are the longest section of prose is what is otherwise mostly a book of poetry. As well, the four chapters … Continue reading

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Isaiah and His Kings (III)

Day Nine of “Through Advent with Isaiah” A fairly constant refrain in Isaiah and the Deuteronomic History is calling Israel back to the worship of Yahweh alone. In Isaiah 2 we read 12 For the Lord of hosts has a … Continue reading

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Weird Names

Day Eight of “Through Advent with Isaiah” Isaiah gives his children some strange names. At some point Isaiah and his wife had a child, and named him Shear-jashub. This means “a remnant will return”. This is usually taken to be … Continue reading

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Isaiah and His Kings (II)

Day Seven of “Through Advent with Isaiah” Yesterday I said that I would move on to talk about King Hezekiah, but I forgot that there is an important episode involving Isaiah with King Ahaz, Hezekiah’s father. As mentioned yesterday, Ahaz … Continue reading

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Isaiah and His Kings (I)

Day Six of “Through Advent with Isaiah” The first verse of the Book of Isaiah starts: The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings … Continue reading

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