Geography and Textual Allusions: Interpreting Isaiah 40-55 and Lamentations as Judahite Texts

Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer

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This article proposes a new interpretation of the allusions to Lamentations as found in Isa. xl-lv. Scholars generally assume that the author of Isa. xl-lv transforms the Judahite material in Lamentations to fit his alleged exilic audience. Given the possible Judahite setting of Isa. xl-lv, however, there is need of reassessment. We shall here investigate the extent to which the bias toward an exilic setting of Isa. xl-Iv has influenced the interpretation of the passages in which the allusions occur, and then explore how a Judahite setting of Isa. xl-lv alters this interpretation. As a result, we shall see that a Judahite setting of both texts not only facilitates but also enhances the interpretation of the same textual allusions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-385
Number of pages19
JournalVetus Testamentum
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007


  • Isaiah
  • Lamentations
  • textual allusions
  • Judah
  • exile
  • Jerusalem

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