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First, Second, and Third Isaiah are all one fella

Reading today about the unity of the book of Isaiah:
• 1-35 primarily about the immediate crisis of the Assyrian invasion but here and there references to Babylon and the Messiah, 36-39 historical transition from immediate crisis to later problem of the exile, 40-66 the return from exile and the work of the Messiah. 36-39 is the hinge of the two halves of the book.

• Prophet Jeremiah apparently alludes to Isaiah 40-66 again and again.

• Plus, our earliest copy of Isaiah (ca. 125 BCE), the great scroll of Isaiah of the Dead Sea Scroll (1QIsa), ends chap. 39 on the next-to-last line of a column. Chap. 40 starts on the next line with no special markings, space, etc.

[http://dss.collections.imj.org.il/isaiah#39:8].

The MS it was copied from also had the entire text, which takes us back another 50+ years.

• Characteristic phrasings occur throughout 66 chapters.

• NT quotes from all sections as from Isaiah.

Want to go deeper?

For more, see EJ Young, Isaiah [http://ow.ly/ydQfk], 3:538-549; EJY, Who Wrote Isaiah?; R. Margalioth, Indivisible Isaiah. I’m convinced.

Steve has been a Bible teacher for over 30 years. He has written many articles, more than 20 e-books, and several study guides, most recently, Overcoming: Guide to Understanding the Book of Revelation. His website, DeeperStudy.com, encourages all people to go deeper in their understanding of the Word of God, the Bible, and to become authentic, New Testament Christians who serve a risen Lord.

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