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Title: Destruction-Restoration Dichotomy in Isaiah 34-35
Subtitle: An Ecological Reappriasal
Author(s): IRUDAYARAJ, Dominic S.
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 103    Issue: 3   Date: 2022   
Pages: 325-344
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.103.3.3291154

Abstract :
Isaiah 34 adumbrates an expansive onslaught, only to quickly narrow down the target to Edom. Destruction and desolation fill this prophetic portrayal, but the next chapter presents the arresting contrast of the spectacular transformation of both the land and the people. Building on scholarly consensus that these diptych chapters near the center of the book provide retrospective and prospective overviews of major themes in the Isaian corpus, this article employs ecological biblical hermeneutics in a close re-reading of these chapters to show how a reader’s attention to the marginal/ized voices here can broaden our appreciation of the poetic finesse, the rhetorical import and the attendant theological vision of Isaiah 34-35.

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