Ulrich Berges, «'Ich gebe Jerusalem einen Freudenboten' Synchrone und diachrone Beobachtungen zu Jes 41,27», Vol. 87 (2006) 319-337
The references to Zion and Jerusalem (41,27; 44,26.28; 45,13; 46,13) in the section Isa 4048 dedicated to Jacob and Israel and which follows the Prologue in 40,1-11, require an explanation because they present the perspective of the return from the point of view of the Jewish homeland, which for the first time appears only in Isa 49,14. Synchronically Isa 41,27 interrupts the parallel double structure of the dispute with the foreign gods in 41,21-24.25-29. Diachronically Isa 41,27 is not attributable to the redactor of the first collection, composed between 539 and 520 BC, but to a more recent hand, which starting from the first Servant Song with its expansion and reinterpretation with Darius I in mind introduces the perspective of the return into the dispute with foreign gods. JHWH proves his unique and overpowering sovereignty over history not only with regard to Cyrus but also to Darius I.
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