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The Desert Will Bloom: Poetic Visions of Isaiah
A. Joseph Everson, Hyun Chul Paul Kim
Publication Date
September 2009


Explore the poetic artistry and symbolic imagery in the Isaiah scroll.

Isaiah’s vision of the future is nothing less than a portrait of shalom involving peace, wholeness, and hope both for the human community and the earth. Throughout the scroll, imagery drawn from nature affirms that renewal of life, like the renewal of the earth, is possible for the human family. Each essay interprets important language and imagery found in passages of Isaiah, delineates the functions and implications of imagery and metaphors throughout the entire book of Isaiah, and presents fresh methodological and interpretive considerations in reading Isaiah. Contributors Willem A. M. Beuken, Carol J. Dempsey, A. Joseph Everson, Chris A. Franke, James M. Kennedy, Hyun Chul Paul Kim, Francis Landy, Roy F. Melugin, Gary Stansell, Marvin A. Sweeney, Patricia K. Tull, Roy D. Wells, and Hugh G. M. Williamson engage the poetic imagination of the ancient Hebrew texts in fresh ways for students and scholars alike.

A. Joseph Everson is Professor of Religion at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California.

Hyun Chul Paul Kim is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible in the Williams Chair of Biblical Studies at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Delaware, Ohio. The editors co-chair the Formation of the Book of Isaiah Group of the Society of Biblical Literature, from which these papers are drawn.

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“This is a treasure-trove for all interested in the poetry and future vision of the book called Isaiah, and a fitting tribute and a testimony to the lasting fruits of the life-work of Roy Melugin. It is also a testimony to what scholarly collaboration can achieve over a number of years in the context of conference meetings like those of the Society of Biblical Literature.”
— K. M. Heim, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament