Major Poems of the Hebrew Bible: 85 Psalms and Job 4-14

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Uitgeverij Van Gorcum, 1998 - Political Science - 516 pages
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Volume II of Major Poems of the Hebrew Bible deals with 85 Psalms (83 poems) and the poems in Job 4-14, and aims at presenting an integrated prosodical theory which is able to bypass the highly controversial question of metrics. There are two approaches which initially are kept apart on grounds of method: structural analysis and the counting of the original, i.e. pre-Masoretic, syllables. Each poem receives a compact description of structure which gives a reasoned delimitation of cola, verses, and strophes. In a separate operation, the syllable counts for each word, colon, verse, strophe, stanza, section and poem are recorded in a comprehensive Appendix. All the poems under discussion show a precise integer as the average of syllables per colon. For half of them this is 8.00, the others have either 7.00 or 9.00. The 9.00 is a ceiling: there is no Psalm with a higher average. Combining the two approaches, the author shows that the poets themselves did count their syllables, and how they were able to mesh the syllable figures with the structural units of their compositions in a virtuoso combination. The greatest challenge of this enterprise is to delimit and objectify the correct colometry for all the songs, as the figure of syllables per colon depends on the right amount of cola. There are only about 30 Psalms which have a cola figure that can be considered beyond doubt. Fortunately, in the Book of Job the correct number of cola is certain for most chapters. Here we meet the number 8 again as a normative figure
 

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Contents

Preface
7
Syllables Colometry and Structural Analysis
9
problem areas
11
introduction and principles
13
introduction and principles
17
Structural description the division of the poem into strophes and stanzas
37
Presentation and legend
42
A Structural and Prosodic Description of 85 Psalms 83 poems
53
Psalms 8386 90 94 97 99 100
231
7 Psalms 102 104 106110 118
260
A Structural and Prosodic Description
325
one plus two poems Bildad versus Job
343
one plus three poems Zofar versus Job
359
Conclusions and epilogue
383
Psalms 120 122 123 130 135 137 139
489
Abbreviations
539

2 Psalms 17 1922 25 26 27 28
91
3 Psalms 30 31 32 33 35 37 38 40
122
4 Psalms 41 4243 46 48 51 52 55 56 59
151
5 Psalms 62 66 7079
181
Select Bibliography
541
Corrections to Volume I
547
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