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The idea of biblical poetry : parallelism and its history

Author: James L Kugel
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Is there poetry in the Bible? Does it have rhyme or meter? How did ancient Hebrew writers compose their works? James L. Kugel's provocative study provides surprising new answers to these age-old questions. Biblical "poetry" is not a concept native to the Bible itself, he proposes, and the idea that the Bible is divided into prose and verse is merely an approximation of the reality of biblical style. Arguing that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James L Kugel
ISBN: 0801859441 9780801859441
OCLC Number: 38216178
Notes: Originally published: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1981.
Description: xi, 339 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The parallelistic line --
Parallelism --
Sampling of relationships between A and B --
Sharpness --
Lowth's categories --
Differentiation --
Parallelism outside the Bible --
Fixed pairs and repetitive parallelism in Ugaritic --
The distribution reading --
"Compensation" and "ballasting" --
The essence of parallelism. 2. Poetry and prose --
Parallelism and poetic style in Hebrew --
The concept of biblical "poetry" --
The metrical hypothesis --
Where prose and poetry meet --
A new approach --
Terseness and ellipsis --
Biblical style. 3. Rabbinic exegesis and the "forgetting" of parallelism --
Gray's paradox --
Rabbinic handling of parallelism --
Omnisignificance and the mind of midrash --
The te'amim --
The disappearance of antiphony --
Stichography --
The rise of poetry. 4. Biblical poetry and the church --
Allegory --
Philo and Josephus --
The Greek Fathers and poetry --
Origen, Eusebius, Hilary, and Ambrose --
Jerome --
The figurative reading of parallelism --
Augustine --
Later writers. 5. The meter of biblical songs --
A convergence --
Medieval Jewish exegesis --
The secrets of Hebrew song --
Azariah dei Rossi. 6. "What is the system of Hebrew poetry?" --
An ancient and oriental book --
The biblical origin of poetry --
Inspiration in renaissance England --
Tropes and figures and the Clavis Scripturae Sacrae --
Rhyme in the Bible --
The demise of Jerome's metrical theories and the rise of vernacular models --
Christian Schoettgen --
De Sacra Poesi Hebraeorum --
Lowth's legacy. 7. A metrical afterword --
Sharpness lives: the gist of M.L. Malbim --
Recent metrical ideas --
A cautionary summary --
The lesson of history --
Appendix A: The persistence of parallelism --
Appendix B: On syntax and style, with some reflections on M.P. O'Connor's Hebrew Verse Structure.
Responsibility: James L. Kugel.
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The story of how each age understood the nature biblical poetry, Kugel concludes, is a key to understanding the Bible's place in the history of Western thought.  Read more...

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