The Beauty of Holiness
Re-Reading Isaiah in the Light of the Psalms
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Blenkinsopp shows how the emphasis in Isaiah and the Psalms is on affect and emotion, the expression of joy and sorrow articulated in music, singing, and dancing; in praise, thanksgiving and lament. This represents a key difference from other parts of the Hebrew Bible where the focus is more on the Law and on the covenant at Sinai - in Isaiah and the Psalms these terms rarely occur, the focus is instead on Zion and on the Temple. Blenkinsopp shows how the temple singers, with their close connections with the circles which transmitted and eventually committed to writing the Book of Isaiah, demonstrate that the divine word is not incompatible with other forms of religious experience and expression, affective and even mystical, articulated and embodied in the performance of music, song, ritual prayer, and dance. The beauty of the Psalms is echoed strongly in Isaiah, and the Isaian vision of a Creator God, Lord of nature and history beyond the bounds of Israel, is joyfully proclaimed by the psalmists.
1. Re-Reading Isaiah In The Light Of Psalms
2. The Psalms And Their Authors
3. Psalmody And Prophecy
4. Psalmody In Isaiah 1-39
5. Prophecy And Psalmody In Isaiah 40-55
6. Prophecy And Psalmody In Isaiah 56-66
7. Zion As Reality And Symbol In Psalms And Isaiah
8. The Two Ways In Psalms And Isaiah
9. The Servants Of The Lord In Psalms And Isaiah
10. The Repudiation Of Sacrifice In Isaiah And Psalms
11. The Beauty Of Holiness
Blenkinsopp provides a bold and creative reading of Isaiah alongside the themes and historical setting(s) of the Psalms, arguing for a new religious vision of the faith of Israel.