Many commentators agree that the prophecies in Isaiah 40-Isaiah 55 were written to a group of Hebrew exiles living in Babylon about 150 years after the time of Isaiah. However, this article wrestles with this point of view and therefore reassess the interpretation of seven passages that do not seem to address Hebrew exiles in Babylon.
Old Testament prophets often refer to God's deeds in the past. New situations and circumstances demanded new applications of older traditions. Studies of the prophets often notice these continuities and discontinuities with the previous tradition. This essay takes note of continuity and discontinuity in the prophet Amos' use of tradition.