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Title: La prosopopée, les pseudo-citations et la vocation d’Isaïe (Is 6,9-10)
Author(s): JOOSTEN, Jan
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 82    Issue: 2   Date: 2001   
Pages: 232-243
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.82.2.3200384

Abstract :
The divine mission addressed to Isaiah in Is 6,9-10 has baffled many generations of interpreters because of its paradoxical nature and its apparent inappositeness in a prophetic calling. A possible way of understanding the passage is to suppose that the words are not an accurate report of what the Lord said, but a retrospective judgment on what Isaiah’s mission really meant. The present article explores the rhetorical background of the stylistic procedure that may underlie Is 6,9-10. In Hebrew rhetoric, direct quotation does not necessarily imply that the words quoted were really said. A figure of speech exists, the ‘pseudo-quotation’, meaning approximately: ‘by his behaviour or his way of being, it is as if he were saying...

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