Willem Jan Dekker will defend his PhD thesis Who is this? An investigation into the composition and the conception of God in Isaiah 63 on 23 January.
Apparent contradictions concerning the image of God and the lack of literary coherence within the text of Isaiah 63 gave the initial impetus to this study to the unity of this text as a literary composition.
Indications at the level of language, form and content of the text show that this text must be read and understood as an entity. An investigation into the actants within this text and their mutual interaction follows an syntactical analysis of Isaiah 63. In the investigation, it appears that Isaiah 63 is a composition of two originally independent texts.
Isaiah 64: 1-11
During his research Dekker discovered that Isaiah 64: 1-11 should also be involved in the investigation. The study ends with an investigation into the image of God of Isa. 63: 1-64: 11, in which the writer enters into a conversation with W. Brueggemann and J. Jeremias.
The unity of the text
The conclusion of this thesis is that Isaiah 63 is a meaningful composition of two originally independent texts; the unity of the text lies in his speaking about God.