Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Theology (ThD)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Paul Raabe

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Isaiah 13-14:27; Isaiah 14:28-32; Isaiah 15:1-18; Isaiah 15-16; Isaiah 17:1-11; Isaiah 17:12-14; Isaiah 18:1-7; Isaiah 19-20; Isaiah 21:10; Isaiah 21:11-12; Isaiah 21:13-17; Isaiah 22; Isaiah 23;


I propose the following theses: (1) since Isaiah 17-18 fit under the same superscription we therefore should and can interpret them as one unit;(2) and that Isaiah 1-16 supplies the reader with the necessary information to interpret Isaiah 17-18 sufficiently. I believe we will find a unity supported by the composition of Isaiah 17-18, by the themes and metaphors in Isaiah 17-18, and through the events that Isaiah 17-18 describe.

The method that I will use to prove this thesis will be to study the information both external to the text and internal to it. First, I will seek to clarify what the author of Isaiah 17-18 says in the two chapters by carefully examining the text grammatically and lexically. There will be a priority given to the grammatical and lexical usage in Isaiah. Second, I will review what we know about the historical periods that the author refers to in Isaiah. I will give special attention to the events that the oracles against the nations section records. Third, I will examine what the words and phrases, themes and metaphors of Isaiah 17-18 would mean to the one who first reads Isaiah 1-16.I will use the material in the rest of Isaiah 1-39 to clarify and test what we find in Isaiah 1-16. I will test the compatibility of Isaiah 17-18's words and phrases with the rest of Isaiah.

The goal of my efforts is to give a coherent interpretation of Isaiah17-18 within its context.

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