Redemption and the “New Exodus” in Isaiah: Reflections on Mikhail Gorbachev and Cyrus of Persia

A. Joseph Everson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/2013

Issue: Exodus (Vol. 33, No 2, Spring, 2013)

According to Isaiah, God can use even those who do not know him in the divine work of freedom and liberation. Thus, it is fitting to compare Cyrus, the Persian emperor who allowed the return to Jerusalem of God’s people exiled in Babylon, and Mikhail Gorbachev, the leader of the Soviet Union who was hailed by many as a liberator of Eastern Europe.

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