By Gerald Sigal

Who's the servant of Isaiah 52:13-53:12? Answering this question is what this examine is all approximately. throughout the centuries numerous commentaries were written, tracts were allotted, debates have raged over the identity of the servant in ....

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They point out that Isaiah 53 is not read in the synagogues, while portions oflsaiah 52 (51:12-52:12) and Isaiah 54 (54: 1-1 0) are read on consecutive Sabbaths. Bur is this absence a reaction to Christian polemics on the part of the ancient rabbis? The facts do not bare this out. IsAIAH 53 43 Only a fraction of the prophetic books are read in the course of the weekly synagogue services for the year (approximately 28%). The fifty-four parashiyot (portions of Scripture) that are read were chosen for specific reasons.

However, as we see in verse 12 he is alive to "divide the booty" without any sort of death and resurrection occurring. In the Isaiah Targum, the Messiah is ready to give his life for his people bur he survives to carry through God's plan. The following conclusions may be drawn about the Isaiah Targum: (1) It does not view Isaiah 53 as focused on the Messiah bur as descriptive of the Messianic Age. " (3) The "suffering servant" is none other than the nation oflsrael purged of any wrongdoing. (4) By relating different verses to different ideas and people, it is not interpreting this passage according to the plain sense meaning of the text, bur rather midrashically.

Another comment: Rejoicing I will rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyfol in my God. The word rejoicing refers to the time when the ISAIAH 53 55 angel of death will have been destroyed out of Israel's midst; I will rejoice refers to the days of the Messiah; my soul shall be joyful in my God refers to the time-to-come which will have no end .... Another comment: As a bridegroom putteth on a priestly diadem (Isaiah 61:10). This text teaches that the Holy One, blessed be He, will put upon Ephraim, our true Messiah, a garment whose splendor will stream forth from world's end to world's end; and Israel will make use of his light and say: Blessed is the hour in which he was created!

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