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Unity and Diversity in the Gospels and Paul : Essays in Honor of Frank J. Matera
The influence of the book of Isaiah on Luke and Acts has been widely discussed and generally admitted.' It has also become a consensus that Luke used the Septuagint (LXX) Isaiah rather than pre-Masoretic Hebrew texts. The Greek translations of Luke's time had already applied and modified the theology of Hebrew Isaiah in usually small but sometimes significant ways.' It is also important to realize that the Lukan author was not aware that the especially influential section, "Second Isaiah;' was a separate writing by a later author. Rather, Luke read the canonical Isaiah as a unified biblical book.