Torsten Uhlig

The Theme of Hardening in the Book of Isaiah

An Analysis of Communicative Action

[Das Motiv der Verstockung im Buch Jesaja. Eine Untersuchung zur kommunikativen Handlung.]

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The prophet Isaiah's call to harden his people has perplexed readers of all times. Torsten Uhlig presents a new interpretation of the theme of hardening and elucidates the significant role it plays for understanding the message of the Book of Isaiah.
»Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their hearts and turn and be healed.« This call of the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 6 has perplexed readers of all times. Torsten Uhlig reconsiders this text and other related passages. Applying a communicative approach and engaging with recent studies on righteousness, the author presents a new interpretation of the theme of hardening in the Book of Isaiah. He argues that hardening is to be understood in the context of the communicative aspect of righteousness and elucidates the communicative acts involved in the hardening of the people. Describing the role of these passages within the communicative strategy of larger units, this monograph offers a distinctive contribution to the interpretation of the Book of Isaiah as a whole.

Torsten Uhlig Born 1975; 2001 Dipl.-Theol. (University of Leipzig); 2005 PhD (University of Gloucestershire); currently working as a pastor in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Saxony, Germany.


The following reviews are known:

In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 136 (2011), S. 142–146 (Willem A.M. Beuken)
In: Zeitschr. f. d. Alttestamentl. Wissenschaft — 122 (2010), S. 484 (U. Becker)
In: Journal for the Study of the OT — 35.5 (2011), S. 112–113 (L.-S. Tiemeyer)
In: Vetus Testamentum — 61 (2011), S. 544–545 (Joel Kaminsky)
In: Biblische Notizen — 151 (2011), S. 133–134 (Franz Sedlmeier)
In: Journal of Ancient Judaism — 2 (2011), S. 148
In: Old Testament Abstracts — 33 (2010), S. 637 (S.L.M.)
In: Catholic Biblical Quarterly — 74 (2012), S. 361–363 (Timothy J. Johnson)
In: Arbeitskreis f.Evangelikale Theologie — 26 (2012), S. 245–247 (Richard Schultz)
In: European Journal of Theology (EJT) — 24 (2015), S. 195–196 (Heiko Wenzel)