2009-01-30-OT12

2009-01-30-OT12 - Page 1 of 9 Old Testament 12 Friday 2...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Page 1 of 9 1/30/09 Old Testament 12 Friday, January 30, 2009 2 Isaiah: 3 rd : 56 and following 2 nd Isaiah 40-55 Exilic Isaiah. These two sections, conventionally, represent different moods and vocations in the prophetic. But the tone is sharply contrasted. 2 nd Isa is sometimes called the Book of Consolation. Upbeat. 3 rd Isa is a return to shot through with shafts of light. Back to warnings. Different aspects of the prophet coming to light. And some attention to the preachers vocation. Can’t responsibly do an end run to Isa. Beginning at chapter 40: The setting is a fast forward 150 years. In Ch 36 we ended with the king of Assyria camped outside the wall of Jerusalem in 701 BCE. Now we’re in 540 BCE. By this time the Assyrians are history and the Babylonians along with the Meads conquered in 612 Ninevah, and now the attention of focus is now on Babylon. It’s relatively new and also near the end of its time. It was only around for about 65 years as a Babylonian capital. Now the Jews in 540, the Judeans, was translated to Jews… have been exiled for 50 years. 597 first exile and fell in 586. What did Babylon look like to an exile. Quite literally awesome Babylon was. The Judeans were force marched for a journey of three months. They would have encountered the Eschar Gate – reconstructed: Glazed ceramic brick. Absolutely luminous – a lovely shade of Duke blue covered with tawny mythical beasts, highlighted with white. The lion is the symbol of power for Babylon and for Assyria. The Processional Way was the holy way, because there were temples along the way… and there were songs that would have been sung. We know some of the songs that were sung upon the processional way. The moat around the city and one of the temple… Marduk’s temple, the city god of Babylon. The “power that rules the known world”. It is making a statement about Babylon ruling the world. Nebuchanezr is somewhat like Solomon’s A reign of 40 years – a conquer who
Image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Page 2 of 9 1/30/09 dominated the area for a long time. He was a temple builder and refurbisher. The inside of the temple was 130 feet long and plated with solid gold. Venture a hypothesis: since the Babylon in 597 the first wave, skimmed the cream, the most educated, those who could be must useful in building the empire. The poet seems to know Babylon and its culture and ways so well in 2 Isa> maybe the prophet is one of those. It is purely a hypothesis. How was it for the Judeans in Babylon? Different views in the Bible. A different experience for different people. Jeremiah himself didn’t go to Babylon. Famously he writes in 29: Settle down, relax, enjoy yourself… you’ll be there for awhile. There is a lot of writing from this period, including business records, indicating that many Jews took Babylonian names. They were assimilating. There is something of a shift in the next generation or two. People begin to reclaim Hebrew names. But some things shift that never shift back.
Image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern