Studies in Aramaic Poetry (c. 100 B.C.E.-c.600 C.E.): Selected Jewish, Christian and Samaritan Poems

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Uitgeverij Van Gorcum, Jan 1, 1997 - Religion - 456 pages
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The paucity of material, which has limited the study of Aramaic for too long, is gradually being alleviated. An ever growing body of well-edited texts is being made available to the scholarly world. These publications have provoked a number of important and penetrating linguistical and grammatical studies. Generally, however, corresponding literary studies of these texts are still lacking. The present work is an attempt to add a literary approach to the earlier analyses.
The study deals with Aramaic poetry of the period between c. 100 B.C.E. and c. 600 C.E. The discussion of the textual materials is organized in a number of levels, one superimposed upon the other. The basis is formed by a close exegetical and literary reading of the poems to elucidate essential elements of content, style and form. Particular attention is paid to structure and composition as a function of the content of the poets, and to the use made by the poets of stylistic devices as structural elements.
  

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Contents

The Ode to Sarais Beauty
11
The Song of David
27
Targumic poems from the Cairo Genizah
58
On our Lord
110
Three Marka Hymns Samaritan Liturgy
186
The Hymns on the Pearl
237
General Discussion
272
Bibliography
291
Part Three Translations
383
A The Ode to Sarais beauty Genesis Apocryphon XX 28a
385
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Targumic poems from the Cairo Genizah
391
And it was when the Lord revealed Himself
392
O have mercy on us
393
The moon was chosen
395
Go Moses in My name
397

O have mercy on us
310
The moon was chosen
312
Go Moses in My name
314
Go Moses and stand at the sea
315
Go hence Moses and stand at the sea
316
The signs and the wonders
317
On our Lord and on Death and Satan Carmina Nisibena 3542
318
E Three Marka Hymns Samaritan Liturgy
357
Creator of the world
361
The Hymns on the Pearl Hymni de Fide 8185
365
Go Moses and stand at the sea
398
8a Go Moses and stand at the sea
399
Go hence Moses and stand at the sea
400
The signs and the wonders
401
On our Lord and on Death and Satan Carmina Nisibena 3542
403
E Three Marka Hymns Samaritan Liturgy
435
Creator of the world
439
Lo our souls are satisfied
440
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