In this paper I propose a reading of the fourth Servant Song that
goes beyond the alternative of the “suffering servant” as either an
individual or a collective body. The search for a combination of
these two main approaches is indeed not a new venture.3 I hope to
shed some new light, however, on the question by identifying the
group of authors as formerly exiled temple-singers who presented
themselves to post-exilic Israel as the suffering, atoning servant –
using some elements of the literary portrait of Jeremiah.