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Reply To: Analyze one of the supplementary Bible passages in light of the course content. Do you see evidence of the Hebraic map? Did anything about the passage surprise you? Was there any part of the passage that stuck out to you in particular?

John Mark Gulliver

Isaiah 60:

– Right from the start we are given the problem of darkness that the world is in, and the hope of the glory of the Lord. With this map, we know where to do work, where we are heading to, and what our hope is.
– In verse 13, the conquest of Lebanon is for the purpose to “beautify the place of [God’s] sanctuary.” This is a good reminder that power can be used to bring goodness and beauty, not just pain and injustice.
– As opposed to the Barbaric & Hellenic maps of the world, Isaiah 60 rejects the ultimacy of chaos in verse 10; it rejects the ultimacy of reason in verse 2, stating that “total darkness [covers] the peoples.” On the other hand, it upholds all five pillars of the Hebraic tradition:

a. It upholds Deity in verses 6 and 9, Personality in verses 20 and 21, History in verses 1-3, Plurality in verses 17 and 18, and Responsibility in verses 11 and 12.

I was suprised by the total dominion of the Lord expressed in His subduing all nations.
My favorite verse is the last one of the chapter (Is. 60:22):

“I am Yahweh;
I will accomplish it quickly in its time.”