Writing and (not) reading the Torah (and contrasting texts) in the book of Isaiah

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On the basis of Edgar Conrad's pioneering exegesis of the intra-textual function of the expression and similar expressions in the Pentateuch, published in the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 25 years ago this year, I will examine the intra-textual function of the written product, called in the Book of Isaiah. Striking similarities can be found between the two intra-textual functions. The textual presence of in the Book of Isaiah highlights a semantic structure throughout the book. Moreover, the prophetic appears to be connected to the King character in a similar way to how the King is related to the Torah in the Pentateuch. However, the Book of Isaiah also contains two elaborations. The activity of reading (and not reading) is added to the activity of writing the intra-textual document. Furthermore, the Book of Isaiah contains a number of contrasting written products.

Original languageEnglish
Article number0309089217725260
Pages (from-to)43-53
Number of pages11
JournalJournal for the Study of the Old Testament
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019



  • Isaiah
  • Torah
  • communication-oriented exegesis

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