Paul Keim is professor of Bible and religion at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana.
Isaiah faced a challenge. How was he to awaken an exiled community from the lethargy of despair? The people’s confidence had been shattered; their entire worldview was drained of its mimetic properties. Former glories lay in ruins. Now the people lived in the land of the dreaded enemy, a people who goaded them with “Sing us some of those songs of Zion, miserable losers!"
It’s been said that the lessons of history are never clear, and when they are they’re usually wrong.
If you’re Eli, you’re not sleeping that well when the boy comes trotting in to disturb you with his nonsense.