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A form of composition comprising at least 1/3 of the Hebrew Bible. Found predominantly in Wisdom literature and the Prophets, but also within narrative texts such as Exodus and Deuteronomy. Characterized by parallelism rather than by rhyme.
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Poetry, Hebrew1. Lyrical poetry.—Of the three kinds of poetry which are illustrated by the Hebrew literature, the lyric occupies the foremost place. That literature abounds with illustrations of all forms of lyrical poetry, in its most manifold and wide-embracing compass, from such short ejaculations
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
POETRY, HEBREW<po’-et-ri>:By Hebrew poetry in the present article is meant that of the Old Testament. There is practically no poetry in the New Testament, but, in the Old Testament Apocrypha, Sirach is largely poetical and Wisdom only less so. Post-Biblical Hebrew poetry could not be discussed here.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Hebrew poetry. That the Semites in general were people of some musical ability, and that the Hebrews in particular fostered the cultural pursuits of music and poetry, will be apparent when it is realized that one-third of the Hebrew Bible was actually composed in poetic form. The wealth of poetic material
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings
4. Hebrew Poetry
2. Poetic Analysis
2. Poetic AnalysisBesides form, Hebrew poetry shares certain literary conventions with other ancient Near Eastern texts. Although this can be seen just by reading the texts side by side, there has not been a major comparative study in this area. The present article will offer only a few comments concerning
MERISMMerism is a literary device that uses an abbreviated list to suggest the whole. The most common type of merism cites the poles of a list to suggest everything in between, though the term merism is also used to refer to more extensive, but not exhaustive, lists (see 3 below). Since a merism is
METEROver the past two centuries considerable conversation has arisen about the nature of or the existence of meter in biblical Hebrew poetry, so that, next to *parallelism, it has been the most actively discussed issue with regard to biblical poetics. The nature of the debate and conclusions proffered
ORAL POETRYOral poetry may be defined as poetry composed in a nonliterate setting without the aid of the resources for writing, despite the potential availability of such resources. Obviously, however, stating a definition is problematic. Although the definition above focuses on composition, assessing
REFRAINHebrew poetry features repetitions on many levels, from the phoneme to whole verses. A refrain is a repetition on the macrolevel (i.e., the verse) and is easily observed even in translation-The English word refrain (there is no known ancient Hebrew equivalent) derives from an Old French verb,
STANZA, STROPHEThe terms canto, stanza and strophe refer to structural divisions within a poem. Scholars use these terms with different meanings, and so confusion often accompanies their use. Further, disagreement exists whether such terminology is appropriate for Hebrew poetry. This article describes
Terminology Of Poetics
POETICS, TERMINOLOGY OFThe terminology used by scholars when discussing Hebrew literature, and especially poetry, can be confusing. This is not just because they use unfamiliar technical terms that the nonspecialist cannot understand; it is also because sometimes different terms are used to refer to
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
POETRY, HEBREW. Roughly a third of the OT is verse (i.e., set in lines). This poetic corpus includes the three books of Job, Proverbs, and Psalms, and the several festival songs embedded in prose texts (Exod 15; Deut 32; Judg 5; 2 Sam 22) for which the Masoretes provided a distinct accentual system and/
The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media
Poetry in the Hebrew Bible
Poetry in the Hebrew Bible Biblical Hebrew poetry shares features with a range of oral-traditional poetry. These features include the recurrent use of similar phrases, motifs, and structural patterns that parallel the categories of formula, theme, and story pattern developed in the study of ancient Greek
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