Idea of Biblical Poetry Parallelism and Its History

ISBN-10: 0801859441

ISBN-13: 9780801859441

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: James Kugel

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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 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 the Bible presents a continuum of speech heightened in varying degrees by different means, Kugel sets out to describe Hebrew's high style on its own terms. He also offers a thorough history of the idea of biblical poetry, starting with Philo of Alexandria and Josephus in the first century C.E. and charting its development through the Church Fathers, medieval Jewish writers, the Christian Hebraists of the Renaissance, and on into modern times. 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.
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 6/5/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Preface
Bibliographical Abbreviations
The Parallelistic Line
Poetry and Prose
Rabbinic Exegesis and the "Forgetting" of Parallelism
Biblical Poetry and the Church
The Meter of Biblical Songs
"What Is the System of Hebrew Poetry?"
A Metrical Afterword
The Persistence of Parallelism
On Syntax and Style, with Some Reflections on M. P. O'Connor's Hebrew Verse Structure
General Index
Scriptural Index
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