Re: [asa] Isaiah 11:6: Wolf and Lamb

From: Bethany Sollereder <>
Date: Mon Sep 15 2008 - 01:03:36 EDT


I'd agree with Moyter that it is a reference to Eden. It is saying that the
eschaton will be like the garden. But as you ask, how can we be sure if the
shalom of the eschaton will be real if Eden was an accommodation? Simply
because Christ has been raised from the dead. Because Jesus was raised from
the dead, we can be sure that God's promises of resurrection will also be
followed through on.

Keep in mind that the things we see as accomodation, they saw as "literal"
or real and true. But however you understand the passage to play out, it is
certainly a recycling of Genesis 2 motifs.


On Sun, Sep 14, 2008 at 7:27 PM, David Opderbeck <>wrote:

> I'm curious how folks here interpret Isaiah 11, particularly the famous
> "lion shall lay with the lamb" (actually it's a "wolf," not a lion)
> passage. Here are some possibilities I've heard:
> -- the YEC version: this refers to a restoration of herbivorous Eden
> -- the Rossian OEC version: this refers to the Millennium; either it is a
> miracle or people will manage creation in such a way as to feed the
> carnivorous animals
> -- Figurative: the lion lying with the lamb, the child reaching his hand
> into the cobra's nest, etc., are figurative expressions meaning that there
> will be peace among peoples and nations (don't remember where I heard this
> one)
> -- Accommodation (?): this is a mistaken reference to an herbivorous Eden
> and is an accommodation.
> It seems to me that this is a place where an accommodation hermeneutic
> breaks down. I'd like to argue that this is a figurative passage referring
> to peace among peoples and nations. However, in his Isaiah commentary, J.A.
> Moyter says this passage is indeed a reference to Eden. (Not sure of
> Moyter's view of Eden as literal or not.) Yet, if the reference to Eden is
> an accommodation, why isn't the reference to the peace of the eschaton not
> an accommodation? What reason do we have to hope for peace? Anyone know of
> commentators who understand this as a general literary reference to future
> peace, a cultural metaphor, rather than as literal wolves and lambs resting
> together?
> --
> David W. Opderbeck
> Associate Professor of Law
> Seton Hall University Law School
> Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology

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