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WESTERMANN'S studies mentioned on p. , pp. 13-16. The distinction between oracle of salvation and announce ment of salvation has wrongly been rejected by J. SCHÜPPHATTS, "Stellung und Funktion der sogenannten Heilsankündigung bei Deuterojesaja", ThZ 2 7 (1971), pp. 161-181. It is true that these literary genres seldom occur in DI in their original pure structure and as independent unities. As different forms of speech, however, integrated into larger com positions and freely used according to the actual situation and the creative literary genius of the prophet, they can easily be discerned.
Liv is basically given by the continuity of the one person addressed, the structural articulation is determined in the first instance by the difference of the persons speaking. Therefore, the main division lies before vs. 7 : in vss. 1-6 the prophet is speaking, in vss. 7-17 it is God himself. In spite of the messenger formulae which conclude vss. 1 and 6, the first passage (1-6) as a whole must be seen as spoken by the prophet. Nowhere does God appear speaking in the first person. Moreover, in vss.
Several times the prophets speak of Israel's youth (Hos. ii 17; Jer. ii 2; iii 4; xxxi 19; Ez. 60) as being the period of her first engagement to Yhwh. Isa. liv 6 is the only place where n 'urim, in the application of the metaphorical language, means God's youth. The passive timma'es holds the applica tion off and precludes the wonder that would arise from such statement. c, p. 115 f. In his conclusion (p. 139) he modifies more in favour of this depen dence. e J e 2 W. A. M. BEUREN 38 2. The pledge of the land made t o the patriarchs is alluded t o b y several terms in vs.
Language and Meaning: Studies in Hebrew Language and Biblical Exegesis (Oudtestamentische Studiën) by James Barr