Traditional Techniques in Classical Hebrew Verse

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Sep 1, 1994 - Religion - 546 pages
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Before, during and after the preparation of Classical Hebrew Poetry: A Guide to its Techniques, Wilfred Watson published several articles on Hebrew poetry in a wide range of periodicals. The present volume collects together the most significant of these writings, including a chapter from a book on chiasmus, as well as a few unpublished items. After an opening survey of current work on Hebrew verse the articles cover the following topics: parallelism (including half-line parallelism, previously almost unnoticed), antithesis, word pairs, chiasmus, figurative language and introductions to speech in verse. The last section deals with structural devices and a folktale motif in narrative verse, hyperbole, apostrophe and alliteration. Previously unpublished items are on the contribution of ethnopoetics, from the study of Native American literature to Hebrew narrative verse (a new topic in biblical studies), parallelism in the Song of Songs and a metaphor in Jeremiah. This anthology is intended as a companion volume to Classical Hebrew Poetry. It includes additions and corrections to that book and there are also several indices.
 

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Contents

Preface
9
Acknowledgments
10
Abbreviations
12
Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION
15
Chapter 2 CONVENTIONS OF STYLE
54
Chapter 3 HALFLINE INTERNAL PARALLELISM
104
Chapter 4 GENDERMATCHED PARALLELISM
192
Chapter 5 OTHER TYPES OF PARALLELISM
240
Chapter 8 FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE
392
Chapter 9 PRELUDES TO SPEECH
414
Chapter 10 PATTERNS AND RHETORICAL DEVICES
431
Index of Old Testament Texts
479
Index of Ancient Texts
504
Index of Subjects
515
Index of Authors
519
Additions and Corrections to Classical Hebrew Poetry Second Edition
528

Chapter 6 WORDPAIRS
262
Chapter 7 CHIASMUS
313

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Wilfred Watson teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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