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Dear Lee: Regarding the question about Isaiah 45: 7, “I make peace and create evil:” Avraham Gileadi, a noted expert on Isaiah’s literary forms and cultural background, provides insights that show why this passage shouldn’t imply that God is the source of evil. The prophet Isaiah portrays Israel in a relationship with God that resembles the covenant relationship between ancient Near Eastern peoples and their kings: If the people keep their covenants, the King is responsible to provide the specific covenant blessings. Gileadi observes that “peace” in this phrase refers to a covenant or a covenant blessing. The Hebrew “peace” (“shalom”) carries additional meanings of completedness and well-being. The corresponding term, “evil” (“ra”), refers to specific covenant curses, explicit punishments to be meted out to covenant breakers. As Isaiah 1: 11-20 expresses it, God wants his people to show love for one another, and not to pretend the observance of religious rites can substitute for their being just and charitable to one another. Obeying the covenant with God brings covenant blessings; disobedience brings covenant curses. Isaiah condemns immoral behaviors which bring their own curses on a civilization: unbridled greed, immorality, neglect of the poor. So in the Hebrew, there’s no connotation of “evil” as an absolute; it has to do with a covenant curse. (See Avraham Gileadi, “Isaiah and the Prophets,” Religious Studies Center; Provo, 1984.)
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