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Title: Exilic expressions for God : divine substantives in Deutero-Isaiah
Author: Davidson, J. G.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2011
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This dissertation concerns substantives in Deutero-Isaiah (DI) that refer to Yahweh. These include titles, metaphors, similes, active substantives (e.g. “arm”, “mouth”, “anger”), el words, and the divine name. The thesis aims to demonstrate the significance and meaning of these divine substantives for the prophet’s message and theology. Isolated articles and chapters in commentaries touch on this theme, but as of yet, no systematic work has been found. The study begins by questioning the high place of verbs in previous studies of Old Testament theology, such as that by Walter Brueggemann, then uses form-critical and historical-critical approaches to examine the importance of substantives for Yahweh in DI. This includes a study of substantive and verbal patterns in Isaiah 40-55, the wide variety of types, the source of each divine substantive whether from the traditions of Israel or new, their arrangement in clusters in the prophet’s writing, covenant implications of their frequent use with the second person suffix, and how these divine substantives play a foundational role in the genesis of DI’s theological framework.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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