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Isaiah 1:2−3, ethics and wisdom. Isaiah 1:2–3 and the Song of Moses (Dt 32): Is Isaiah a prophet like Moses?

Alphonso Groenewald
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 1 | a954 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i1.954 | © 2011 Alphonso Groenewald | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 September 2010 | Published: 11 April 2011

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Alphonso Groenewald, Department of Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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This article argued that society even today could benefit from the richness of the ethics of the Hebrew Bible. Isaiah 1:2–3 has been used as an example to illustrate the ethics of a biblical text. This text has wisdom traits and literary links with Deuteronomy 32. In a modern, pluralistic society there is a need for a comprehensive ethical view by which one can combine a solid religious foundation, including responsibility towards God, the Creator and Lord of life, with a broad human wisdom gained from a rational understanding of the circumstances of existence for a true human life in a created world of order.


Ethics; wisdom; Isaiah 1:2-3; Deuteronomy 32; tradents; Isaiah as discourse founder


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