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Here is a convenient introduction to the unique aspects of interpreting the one-third of the Hebrew Bible that is in poetic form. Numerous are the occasions when a failure to distinguish poetry from prose in the Old Testament has resulted in flawed interpretation. Robert Lowth's Lectures on the Sacred Poetry of the Hebrews (1753, 1787), marked a turning point of major proportions by focusing on the importance of parallelism of lines. But new studies of the past decade now require significant adjustments to Lowth's analyses. Interpreting Hebrew Poetry offers an authoritative introduction to this discussion of parallelism, meter and rhythm, and poetic style. It also provides by way of example a poetic analysis of Deuteronomy 32, Isaiah 5:1-7, and Psalm 1.
Hebrew for Biblical Interpretation introduces elementary Hebrew with a focus on the skills needed for informed biblical exegesis. This innovative textbook, which combines the features of a traditional grammar with the insights of language education from applied linguistics, offers clear and concise discussions of grammatical concepts as well as guided exercises in reading and interpreting the Hebrew Bible. All words occurring more than 100 times in the Hebrew Bible are taught in descending order of frequency, and attention to grammatical clues reduces the need for rote memorization of paradigms. The integration of grammar and exegesis motivates students and makes this textbook well suited to seminary and undergraduate courses in which scholarly biblical exegesis is the primary goal of language acquisition.
In this extensive and eclectic reconsideration of classical Hebrew poetics, O'Connor evaluates the assumptions that have guided scholars for more than two hundred years. The result is "a great leap forward in the analysis and interpretation of early Hebrew poetry." (David Noel Freedman)
This volume explores the language and poetic structure of the seven non-Masoretic poems preserved in the Dead Sea Scroll labeled 11Q5 or 11QPsa. It presents fresh readings of the Hebrew poems, which were last studied intensively almost fifty years ago, stressing their structural and conceptual coherence and incorporating insights gained from the scholarship of recent decades. Each chapter addresses a single poem and describes its poetic structure, including its use of parallelism and allusion to scripture, as well as specific problems related to the poem's interpretation. In addition, the book considers these poems in relation to what they reveal about the development of Hebrew poetry in the late Second Temple period.
Annotation In a revision of his 1997 doctoral thesis for the Iliff School of Theology, Vance (biblical languages and literature, Oral Roberts U.) contributes to the long debate about the meter of poetry in the Bible and what if any relationship it has to classical Hebrew poetry as it is found in the Hebrew Bible. He argues that none of the metrical theories proposed has been thoroughly tested against the entire corpus of Hebrew poetic texts, relying instead on sampling and extrapolation. He reviews those theories, beginning with that of Philo of Alexandria, by categories such as quantitative, accentual, and syllabic. Then he analyzes the meter of selected texts, particularly from Lamentations and Psalms. He indexes only ancient and modern authors. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR.

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