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I have tried to find a way of instant messaging, or private messaging, or in any way contacting a moderator.. with no avail. There is a topic on the main page about Isaiah's authenticity and I have an answer prepared that I would like to post. I dont even care if I post it myself, if i cant be unblocked, can someone post this for me

Why does Isaiah not mention himself after chapter 39?

Below I have listed some key passages from a scholarly article on this subject, and I have provided the link to the much longer original article at the bottom.

"Isaiah is a remarkable book that no human alone could have written: it has knowledge of future events in his own land, as well as of the coming Messiah. For this reason, its authenticity has been attacked furiously by critics. But charges of multiple authorship make no sense of the internal evidence, the available manuscript evidence, and the testimony of Christ and the New Testament authors.

The internal evidence doesn’t make any sense of this. Many of the same evils in the land were denounced throughout the book, such as murder (Isaiah 1:15, 59:3,7) and hypocrisy (Isaiah 29:13, 58:2,4). Also, idolatry (Isaiah 1:29, 57:4–5) is denounced, including child sacrifice (Isaiah 57:7), although these ceased after they returned from their Babylonian Captivity.

The New Testament authors and Christ Himself clearly believed that Isaiah was a unity, which should be decisive for any professing Christian.

-Matthew 12:17–18 quotes Isaiah 42:1 as “that which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet.” ---Matthew 3:3 quotes Isaiah 40:3 as “spoken by the prophet Isaiah.”
-Luke 3:4 quotes Isaiah 40:3–5 as “in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet.” -Romans 10:20 quotes Isaiah 65:1, stating, “Isaiah is very bold and says …” -In John 12:38–41 we find two quotations from Isaiah: Isaiah 53:1 (in v. 38) and Isaiah 6:9–10 (in v. 40). Then in v. 41 John affirms “These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.” This surely implies that the inspired apostle believed that both Isaiah 6 and Isaiah 53 were written by the same Isaiah.

There have been recent sensationalist headlines asserting that the Bible has been radically altered throughout its history. But in reality, the copying accuracy of Isaiah over a millennium has been incredibly accurate.

Analysis showed that the Dead Sea Scrolls are about 1000 years older than the earliest Masoretic manuscripts, yet they are word-for-word identical for 95% of the text. Consider that wonderful chapter 53 of Isaiah, the prophecy of Jesus’ atoning death and resurrection. Of the 166 words, only 17 letters are different. Ten are spelling variants, and four more are stylistic changes. The remaining three letters spell the word ‘light’ in Is. 53:11, and may make more sense that way, although it doesn’t greatly affect the meaning of the passage. So overall, the DSS increase our already high respect for the Masoretic Text."

http://creation.com/isaiah-author-date

  • You'll have to explain more clearly what you mean by blocked. Unless you have a ton of downvoted, deleted answers that don't show up in your profile, it seems unlikely that you're blocked from posting answers. – Ward - Reinstate Monica Dec 21 '14 at 21:37
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    When I try to post this is what i encounter:You can only post 1 time each day due to the volume of spam and abuse originating from your network. We apologize for any inconvenience. See the help center for more. – Taylor D Barrett Dec 21 '14 at 22:18
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  • When I try to post, this is what I encounter=You can only post 1 time each day due to the volume of spam and abuse originating from your network. We apologize for any inconvenience. See the help center for more. – Taylor D Barrett Dec 21 '14 at 22:18
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    @TaylorDBarrett Sounds like someone on the same network as you has been spamming the SE network. Probably going to have to contact SE staff for that. – 3961 Dec 21 '14 at 22:29
  • yeah, it was probably me. I registered yesterday and starting posting a bunch of answers without reading the rules first, (i posted answers without citations), so i got flagged as a spammer. how would i contact the SE staff? – Taylor D Barrett Dec 21 '14 at 22:32
  • @TaylorDBarrett - you can use the contact form – David Stratton Dec 21 '14 at 22:49
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    David and @fredsbendtheGrinch --- This user's profile wasn't blocked but their previous account was. This one was a new creation. I've messaged the user directly about the situation with links to how to get them straightened out. – Caleb Dec 29 '14 at 15:28
  • @Caleb Thanks for following up. I didn't even think of that as a possibility. – 3961 Dec 29 '14 at 17:32

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