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This is a new type of commentary on some of the most familiar language and imagery in the Bible, showing how Isaiah has been used by Christians in all kinds of contexts up to the present. There is much interest in reader-response, the history of interpretation and the sociology of sacred texts--in what the text does as much as what it means. With full documentation and illustrations, Sawyer gives an insight into Isaiah's influence, from the cult of the Virgin Mary and anti-Semitism to Christian feminism and liberation theology.
There is much interest in reader-response, the history of interpretation and the sociology of sacred texts in what the text does as much as what it means. Isaiah provides an ideal case study, because of its profound influence on the language and imagery of Christianity. Jerome said that Isaiah should be called an evangelist rather than a prophet because he writes about Christ and the Church so that we think he is composing a history of what has already happened rather than prophesying about what is to come. Professor Sawyer shows how Isaiah has been used from the cult of the Virgin Mary and anti-semitism to Christian feminism and liberation theology. Fully documented and illustrated, this attempt at a critical study of a neglected area of biblical studies should provide a model for further research. Sawyer evidences his skill with exegetical, historical, theological and artisitic dimensions of the text. The reader of his book is invited into the interpretive practice of the church.
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