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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.