BR 14:04, Aug 1998
Isaiahs prophecy as vintners textbook
Isaiahs Song of the Vineyard is one of the most vivid and precise poetic passages in the Bible. In seven verses (Isaiah 5:17; see the sidebar to this article), the prophet presents a sustained metaphor for Gods care for his people, by portraying the deity as a meticulous, attentive vintner and his people as disappointing, fetid fruit. The detailed imagery of Isaiahs song both fuels the power of the prophecy and offers a historically reliable glimpse of a vital agricultural practice in eighth-century B.C.E. Jerusalem.