from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A Hebrew prophet of the eighth century B.C.
- n. See Table at Bible.
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- proper n. A book of the Old Testament of Bible, and of the Tanakh.
- proper n. A prophet, the author of the Book of Isaiah.
- proper n. A male given name.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Old Testament) the first of the major Hebrew prophets (8th century BC)
- n. an Old Testament book consisting of Isaiah's prophecies
Isaiah refers to this tunnel: "Go forth and meet Ahaz ... at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field" (_Isaiah, _ vii, 3).
And he reads the words recorded both in Isaiah and in Luke chapter 4.
In doing this, Isaiah is only doing what many Christian writers, and others, would do after him.
Isaiah is here drawing from Canaanite mythology: when Baal the Thunderer, whose throne was on Mount Zaphon, was swallowed up by the god of death, Mot, then the god of the morning star, Athtar the Awesome, attempted to ascend to his throne and take his place.
Perhaps one of the best examples is in Isaiah 14. 12ff.
In the original Hebrew text, the fourteenth chapter of Isaiah is not about a fallen angel, but about a fallen Babylonian king, who during his lifetime had persecuted the children of Israel.
This attitude reminds bit of the scripture in Isaiah which something like “… you parade your sin like Sodom.”
A little more on the "First and the Last" (Alpha and Omega), we know that God says this of Himself throughout the OT, including in Isaiah and that He is referred to as such in the book of Revelation as well.
In them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says,
The prophet Isaiah is sure the LORD will answer and act according to his power.