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Title: Isaiah 33 between Literature and Performance
Author(s): HONG, Koog Pyoung
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 95 Issue: 1 Date: 2019
Isaiah 33 presents frequent changes of person that many exegetes settle with emendations. Most scholars have attributed this problem to the chapter’s composite nature. This paper proposes that performative aspects within Isaiah 33 help make sense of its frequent changes of person. The composite nature gives rise to the additional issue of discerning a suitable genre and setting in the scheme of the traditional form-critical study. While accepting W. Beuken’s literary genre of 'mirror text' (Spiegeltext) as an alternative to H. Gunkel’s 'prophetic liturgy', I propose the ancient scribal community as its Sitz im Leben. The performative traits of this literary text can best be explained by the oral-written culture in which ancient scribes access, transmit, and recreate texts.