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If the argument so far is broadly along the right lines, then clearly interest focuses next on the use of the title by Isaiah's later redactors, and in the context of the present discussion we shall need to distinguish as far as possible those occurrences that predate the time of DeuteroIsaiah from those that follow him. That this is a much disputed issue hardly needs emphasizing, and space requirements dictate that a somewhat cavalier approach be adopted. Nevertheless, there is fortunately widespread agreement in the majority of the cases, so that the areas of dispute are not likely to distort the general picture too much.

See, for instance, Wildberger, Jesaja, I, pp. 407-408 (ET, p. 430); Vermeylen, Du prophete Isdie a I'apocalyptique, pp. 259-60; Earth, Die Jesaja-Worte in der Josiazeit, pp. 28-34 (with earlier literature), and especially K. Nielsen, There is Hope for a Tree: The Tree as Metaphor in Isaiah (JSOTSup, 65; JSOT Press, 1989), pp. 190-201. 52. So Earth, Die Jesaja-Worte in der Josiazeit, p. 34; Clements, Isaiah 1-39, p. 113. 53. Clements, Isaiah 1-39, pp. 114-15. WILLIAMSON Isaiah and the Holy One of Israel 37 associated with ^^13 (which, incidentally, always precedes it) and once with ""p^lQ.

More likely, the trisagion was itself part of the Jerusalem liturgy,49 and the absence of the divine title either in ch. 6 or in most, if not all, of the early sayings of Isaiah points firmly away from any great impression made on Isaiah by this relatively obscure name for God at the start of his ministry. And finally on this point, if Ps. 78 is indeed early, or at any rate independent of Isaiah, then even the proposal50 that Isaiah filled the title with new meaning by making it a basis of judgment rather than protection seems wide of the mark: They tested God again and again, and provoked the Holy One of Israel' (v.

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