USU 1320: History and Civilization
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A Guide To Writing in History and Classics
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Deutero-Isaiah is the work of an anonymous Hebrew author writing under the name of Isaiah but clearly centuries after the original prophet's lifetime. Because he praises the Persian King Cyrus who liberated the Jews from the Babylon Captivity—an event the historical Isaiah could not have witnessed—these unequivocal pronouncements of fully matured monotheism must date to the period of the Second Temple, after the return of the Hebrews from captivity in Babylon (ca. 536 BCE), when Hebrew theology had finally elaborated the theological principles underlying monotheism.

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