Violence, otherness and identity in Isaiah 63:1-6 : the trampling one coming from Edom /

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Author / Creator:Irudayaraj, Dominic S., author.
Imprint:London : Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2017.
Description:xvii, 199 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series:Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies ; 633
T & T Clark library of biblical studies
Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies ; 633.
T & T Clark library of biblical studies.
Subject:Bible. -- Isaiah -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. -- Isaiah.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format: Print Book
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Notes:Revision of author's thesis (Doctorate of Sacred Theology)--Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, 2015 under title: The trampling one coming from Edom correlated and revised identities in Isaiah 63:1-6.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 170-189) and indexes.
Summary:Violence disturbs. And violent depictions, when encountered in the biblical texts, are all the more disconcerting. Isaiah 63:1-6 is an illustrative instance. The prophetic text presents the "Arriving One" in gory details ('trampling down people'; 'pouring out their lifeblood' v.6). Further, the introductory note that the Arriving One is "coming from Edom" (cf. v.1) may suggest Israel's unrelenting animosity towards Edom. These two themes: the "gory depiction" and "coming from Edom" are addressed in this book. Irudayaraj uses a social identity reading to show how Edom is consistently pictured as Israel's proximate and yet 'other'-ed entity. Approaching Edom as such thus helps situate the animosity within a larger prophetic vision of identity construction in the postexilic Third Isaian context. By adopting an iconographic reading of Isaiah 63:1-6, Irudayaraj shows how the prophetic portrayal of the 'Arriving One' in descriptions where it is clear that the 'Arriving One' is a marginalised identity correlates with the experiences of the "stooped" exiles (cf 51:14). He also demonstrates that the text leaves behind emphatic affirmations ('mighty' and 'splendidly robed' cf. v.1; "alone" cf. v.3), by which the relegated voice of the divine reasserts itself. It is in this divine reassertion that the hope of the Isaian community's reclamation of its own identity rests. -- See more at:

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