“And the gates of hell will not withstand it.” My first thought when you referenced Halperin, excellent post indeed Dr. M, and Happy New Year to you and yours 😎🙏
“For the LORD will rise up as on Mount Perazim, he will rage as in the valley of Gibeon; to do his deed – strange is his deed! and to work his work – alien is his work!” (Isaiah 28:21).
The Historical Context
Isaiah 28:21 speaks of the work of Yahweh as “strange” and “alien.” Scholars are divided on the meaning of Isaiah’s words because his statement is not very clear since he does not provide a definition of what he means by “strange” and “alien.” One way of understanding what the prophet meant by these words is by studying the context of his oracle.
Isaiah 28 is an oracle in which Isaiah emphatically declares Yahweh’s judgment upon both Ephraim (the Northern Kingdom) and Judah (the Southern Kingdom) because of their many violations of the covenant. Scholars agree that this oracle is dated to the time of Hezekiah as he…
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