As Christmas is approaching, Christians mention this famous prophecy from Isaiah 7:14: the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son whom she will call Immanuel. But did you know that the same section foretells of other prophetic births?
A newly published volume focuses on the child that immediately follows Immanuel. His name? Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz. If this does not ring a bell, I invite you to read this book and, as an appetizer, here is the first chapter, written by your servant.
Michael Langlois, « Une naissance prophétique peut en cacher une autre : Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz et Emmanuel dans le texte hébreu d’Is 8, 1-8 », in L’exégèse d’Isaïe 8, 1-8 (Études d’histoire de l’exégèse 5), sous la direction de Matthieu Arnold, Gilbert Dahan et Annie Noblesse-Rocher, Paris, Cerf, 2013, p. 15-33.
In this chapter, I deal with the Hebrew text of Isaiah 8:1-8, its structure, its difficulties, and the stakes. This publication follows the eponymous conference to which I had been invited.
Enjoy, and merry Christmas to all! 😉