The End of Days in Isaiah: Coming Soon (and Still Waiting)
Part of the series, “Times of Crisis and Possibility”
The prophet Isaiah is famous for his descriptions of the aftertimes, a period of world peace that will follow a cataclysmic crisis. Several of these passages are well-known, whether from haftarot, from Handel’s Messiah, or from the inscription across the street from the United Nations. The details and the fascinating synthesis of universalism and particularism in his vision of the future, however, are less widely understood. We explore a few of these sections to discover precisely what Isaiah had in mind, and why his vision, so long delayed, remains compelling and influential.
With Dr. Benjamin Sommer, Professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages, JTS.
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