Cyrus the Messiah? The Historical Background to Isaiah 45:1

@article{Fried2002CyrusTM,
  title={Cyrus the Messiah? The Historical Background to Isaiah 45:1},
  author={Lisbeth S. Fried},
  journal={Harvard Theological Review},
  year={2002},
  volume={95},
  pages={373 - 393}
}
  • L. Fried
  • Published 1 October 2002
  • History
  • Harvard Theological Review
According to Isaiah 45:1, Cyrus is YHWH's anointed, his Messiah: Thus says YHWH to his anointed, to Cyrus whom I took by his right hand. Scholars have long disputed this passage. Many agree with Charles Torrey and argue that all references to Cyrus should be removed as later additions; the prophet himself did not write them.Charles C. Torrey, The Second Isaiah (New York: Scribner's, 1928) 3–52; idem, “Isaiah 41,” HTR 44 (1951) 121–36; James D. Smart, History and Theology in Second Isaiah: A… 

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