Bible Review 19:5, October 2003

Who Wrote Second Isaiah?

By William H.C. Propp

The Book of Isaiah contains the most astounding prophecy in the Hebrew Bible. Ostensibly, the Prophet Isaiah, who flourished in the eighth century B.C.E., according to Isaiah 1:1, accurately foresaw events that occurred a couple hundred years later: He predicted that after the Jerusalem Temple was destroyed and the Jewish people exiled, a foreign king named Cyrus would rise up and restore the scattered nation and authorize the rebuilding of the Temple—an event that actually did occur in 538 B.C.E.:

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