Exile in the Book of Isaiah

Dalit Rom-Shiloni*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter recognizes that exile in Isaiah remains one of the great riddles of this prophetic collection. Although the book, in its various units and as a whole, “lived through” experiences of deportation and return, it leaves readers with only fragmentary information about one of the most influential phenomena of imperial policy to affect Israel, Judah, and the entire ancient Near East of the first millennium bce. The chapter brings together all the information we have on exile and possible exilic setting(s) in Isaiah, and discusses exile through two of its components-deportation and return. Each component is discussed under seven headings. This mapping of exile leads to additional discussion of the exilic setting(s), that is, the geography and sociology, of Isa 40-66, and of the use of metaphors of exile and of exile as metaphor.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Isaiah
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780190669249
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Biblical theology
  • Book of isaiah
  • Deportation
  • Empty land
  • Exile
  • Landscape
  • Metaphors for exile
  • Metaphors of exile
  • Nature imagery
  • Return


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