oa Journal for Semitics - "Die eindes van die aarde" in Jes. 40:28a, 41:5a, 41:9a

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1013-8471



Although the phrase ""ends of the earth"" occurs ten times in Isaiah 40-66, this study is restricted to only three of these occurrences, namely Isaiah. 40:288, 41:5a and 41:98. In these three occurrences the noun ? is used in the status constructus form together with ?. The object of this study is to establish the exact meaning of this phrase within its context. Aspects considered are the following: (a) The form-critical context; (b) the category of the phrase, whether it refers to a cosmic, geographical or socio-political entity; (c) the relationship in which it occurs, either to Yahweh, Israel, the prophet, or even the heathen nations; (d) the role and function of the phrase within its context. My conclusion is that this phrase, although it appears to be the same in all three occurrences, each time differs, firstly semantically, and also in its role within the context in which it is being used.

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