Breakthrough of the Universal Motif in Exile

Israel’s experiences during the seventh and sixth centuries B.C.E opened her eyes to God’s universal intentions.[1] As Israel passed through her catastrophic experience of being trounced by the Babylonians and carted off into exile, the prophets came to see how closely the career of Israel was tied in the history of the nations.[2] Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Deutero-Isaiah all saw the horizon expanding and bore witness that all nations now fall within the spotlight of God’s promises.


[1] J. Verkuyl, Contemporary Missiology: An Introduction, (E. Tr. and ed. by D. Cooper), William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Michigan, (1978), 92.

[2] Cf. B. Vawter, “Introduction to Prophetic Literature,” in R. E. Brown et. al. (eds.), NJBC, TPI, Bangalore, (1994), 186-200, 191.

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