Isaiah Recommendations

Reflections on Isaiah

The book of Isaiah itself isn’t so much about the life and times of the prophet Isaiah as a collection of his prophecies. There are some other prophecies that biblical scholars aren’t so sure were actually delivered to Isaiah but are contained in the book, I think because they were in the same timeframe. All of the events and prophecies are given throughout the same time as chapters 18-20 in 2 Kings.

Isaiah doesn’t give us much to work with in regards to how misogynistic the overall Bible is because it doesn’t include many women. I suppose it could also be said that in itself as an indicator too, though. There are, however, lots of mentions and references to the ways we see women and women’s work that I found interesting.

Several prophecies remark on things that God will do that are considered maternal in nature and there are places where labor pains are compared to battle injuries, making it clear that they could also be considered among the worst pain of the human experience. To me, this gives credence to the pain it causes to bring children into this world and sustain our populations. It sounds like the role isn’t considered easy or underplayed in it’s difficulty or pain, as many do today. There are also several places where cities are given female pronouns and occasionally female personifications. This is still a common practice and the respect factor is debated in feminist circles. I’ve heard it said that men name mysterious and powerful objects after women because we are mysterious and powerful but I think that notion is dying out.

If we are so powerful, why do men continue to run most of the world? Well, that’s a debate for another day.

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