Goldingay-the long wait

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I have finished reading John Goldingay’s The Theology of the Book of Isaiah.

The last two chapters are about David and the Day of Yahweh.  But they are really about how to interpret the visions and promises of hope and finality in Isaiah.  Eschatology would be one word for this.  But Goldingay thinks that word and “apocalyptic” are tricky.

The chapter on David is about the idea of a Davidic Messiah.  Goldingay points to the phenomena of people in England and America putting much hope into the election of a new government or new President only to be disillusioned.  In Isaiah the same thing is going on except that Hezekiah was faithful enough to God to give some hope.  But by the time the Isaiah texts got compiled, the Davidic kingdom was pretty much done for.

The book now deconstructs the Davidic idea in different ways.  The Servant of…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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