When and Where Was the Book of Isaiah Written?

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Jerusalem 400 B.C.

The Introduction to Isaiah, Old Testament Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students (2014) states: “The book of Isaiah was written sometime during the ministry of Isaiah (approximately 740–701 B.C.), during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, and Manasseh of the Southern Kingdom of Judah.”

“Isaiah’s writings divide easily into two main collections or “books” of prophecies:

  1. Collection one, with an emphasis upon prophecies of judgment (chapters 1–35)
  2. Collection two, with significance, placed on promises of redemption (chapters 42–66)

The Two books are written almost entirely in Hebrew poetry and they are joined by a few historical chapters(36–39) written mostly in prose. It is assumed that Isaiah arranged his writings into their present order, although a scribe or disciple may have done so. Passages from both collections are recorded by various Book of Mormon writers…” Victor L. Ludlow, Unlocking Isaiah, pp.5–6

“Since Isaiah’s ministry was centered in Jerusalem, this is the most likely location of the book’s origin.” ibid. Study Guide

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  1. Is Isiah the only book written in poetic form? Do we know the reason it was written in poetic form? Were there any other known poets during his time?

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