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Title: Study of the Hezekiah material in the Old Testament, with particular reference to the parallel sections in 2 Kings 18-20 and Isaiah 36-39
Author: Brandon, G. A. S.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2005
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1. The first section of this thesis is a review of research to date on the Hezekiah Narratives (HN) in 2 kigs 18-20 and Isa 36-39, and includes a summary of the main areas in which further work is required. 2. The next chapter is a text critical study, aimed at reconstructing the Urtext to HN using the available Greek, Hebrew and minor versions. This is then used to explore the relationship between the two texts, and in particular the question of priority - whether HN-kgs or HN-Isa came first, or whether there was a common original. The results of this are used to examine the subsequent history of the text in its two forms. 3. Following this, the question of the number of outcome of the campaigns by the Assyrians against Jerusalem in the time of Hezekiah is addressed. The dating and historical setting of the different sources and events, and the tensions between these are examined, and in the light of this the redactor’s ordering of the sources within HN as a whole is considered. An overall chronology for events in this period is suggested. 4. This chapter examines the distinctive theologies of the sources in HN, tracing the specific concerns for each with the aim of understanding the backgrounds from which they arose. This in turn is used to trace the process of compilation for HN, over a period of several decades. 5. The next section attempts to place the authentic material in HN - particularly B1 and BE - in the wider context of the historical Isaiah’s prophecies, exploring the way his message changed throughout his ministry in the second half of the 8th century in response to the political situation. 6. This chapter examines the similarities and differences that HN’s theology has with those of the Isaianic group and Dtr, and tensions caused by HN’s inclusion in DtrH. 7. The last section deals with the narrative’s place within the book of Isaiah as a whole. Questions of when HN was included and the stages of redaction are addressed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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