oa Journal for Semitics - Marriage (and related) metaphors in Isaiah 54:1-17

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1013-8471



Very often, when Deutero-Isaiah uses different metaphors in the same context, the metaphors do not relate to each other. The prophet has a tendency to compile them as if threading beads on a string, in order to increase the emotional effect on the reader (e.g. Is 49: 14ff). In Isaiah 54:1-17, however, the correspondence between the different metaphors is remarkable. Although different metaphors are used, they all correspond to each other in a logical manner, and actually build up towards a climax whereby Jerusalem is treated by Yahweh as his beloved bride.

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