The Art of Biblical Poetry

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Basic Books, Sep 6, 2011 - Religion - 320 pages
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Three decades ago, renowned literary expert Robert Alter radically expanded the horizons of biblical scholarship by recasting the Bible as not only a human creation but a work of literary art deserving studied criticism. In The Art of Biblical Poetry, his companion to the seminal The Art of Biblical Narrative, Alter takes his analysis beyond narrative craft to investigate the use of Hebrew poetry in the Bible. Updated with a new preface, myriad revisions, and passages from Alter's own critically acclaimed biblical translations, The Art of Biblical Poetry is an indispensable tool for understanding the Bible and its poetry.

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An excellent analysis of the poetics of verse in the Hebrew Bible. The author first demonstrates the existence of Hebrew poetry and then speaks in general of its basic elements, including parallelism ... Read full review

The art of Biblical poetry

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A companion volume to Alter's earlier The Art of Biblical Narrative ( LJ 8/81), this excellent book investigates both the structuresespecially parallelism, intensification, choice of detailand the ... Read full review


From Line to Story
Structures of Intensification
Truth and Poetry in the Book of
Forms of Faith in Psalms
Prophecy and Poetry
The Poetry of
The Garden of Metaphor
The Life of the Tradition

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Robert Alter is Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew & Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

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