The Bible is a source of faith for many people here on earth. It tells the story of what some think is our history, our origins and our future. It's
long, mysterious and sometimes... well.... just plain confusing.
One such part of the bible that has left many a believer stumped is the Book of Isaiah
Prophet is confounding and contradicts himself quite a few times.
No but tankthinker you don't understand, the bible is a message that is supposed to be understood only by the worthy, thats why it seems this way
Yes its quite possible that this may be the case, but lets not rule out every other possibility shall we. As thinking, sometimes rational beings i
believe we should give all perspectives a chance.
So now i offer the ATS community a perspective to scrutinize, its bold, its rarely been said, but to me it makes perfect sense!
(NOTE: i am not the author of this article/essay)
Why is Isaiah so difficult to read? Why have scholars argued for centuries about what he means? Why are his words so important to the Israelite
religion? Who is Isaiah? Who ELSE is Isaiah? Arguably the most confusing and chaotic of the Biblical "prophets", Isaiah's book simply doesn't
make sense - as it is presented in the Bible. But if there really was an Isaiah, and he could be brought forward in time and shown his "book" as it
is read today, how would he react? Would he say, "Yes this is exactly how I wrote it and I can explain everything" - or - would he gasp at how his
words had been edited and turned into something totally alien to his own reality? This essay will posit that the latter would be the case.
Although i wish to leave as much to the article as possible, because i feel i would not do it justice in my ATS rendition i will give a little preview
for you to get the jist of it.
I will posit here three authors whose works, woven together by a later editor, comprise Isaiah Chapters 1 to 35.
Basically the idea is that the mentioned chapters can be taken apart and shown to have been written by 3 different people.
At the bottom of the article/essay the author gives 3 links showing us in a very simple way why he believes this. He breaks down these chapters and
separates verses that belong to each of the three separate people/authors/Isaiahs.
After reading it myself i have to say it makes perfect sense.
Its simple and straightforward to read, and isnt very long.
PS. another good work by the same author is "The Zionist Manifesto", which can be found on the homepage of the source link.
[edit on 13-8-2010 by tankthinker]