Sunday, December 16, 2012

Isaiah's Job

Isaiah's Job was linked in a comment section, about prophesying to the masses versus the remnant. It was written for The Atlantic by Albert Jay Nock in 1936.

It's not quite true, or at any rate, I disagree with much of it.  I don't have so much contempt for the masses as Nock, and I don't think intellect is quite so much a key.  It is all rather elitist in tone.  Yet I think it might be better than half-true, an encouragement for some who are weary, and a message not heard so very often.

It is at a minimum interesting.


james said...

Interesting. Unfortunately the role of prophet to the remnant is too flattering a role to resist, and we seem to be a-swamp in artists trying to be Jeremiah without the tears.

Dubbahdee said...

"Not SO MUCH contempt for the masses..."


Assistant Village Idiot said...

Well, I was raised a New England Liberal.

SJ said...

He does seem to assume that the purpose of the prophet and the job of the intellectual are equal. Or highly comparable.

Still, I don't think I can disagree with his comparison between the rightly-believing people of Isaiah's day and the careful-intellectuals of the 1930s (or the current decade). Many are unable or unwilling to listen.

"Keep on hearing, but never understanding; Keep on seeing, but never perceiving." (Isaiah 6:9)

Did this describe a universal problem that manifests in many ways, or a problem specific to Isaiah's time and audience?

Luke Lea said...


"Many jobs which do not pay well are yet profoundly interesting, as, for instance, the job of research student in the sciences is said to be"

Not what I hear. :)