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Hebrew Wordplay
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Refers to the Hebrew writers’ use of rhetorical devices like rhymes, puns, or homophones to create a literary effect by playing off sound patterns, ambiguity, or polysemy (multiple meanings a word or phrase could denote).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Hebrew Wordplay
Hebrew Wordplay Refers to the Hebrew writers’ use of rhetorical devices like rhymes, puns, or homophones to create a literary effect by playing off sound patterns, ambiguity, or polysemy (multiple meanings a word or phrase could denote).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Wordplay, Hebrew
WORDPLAY, HEBREW. Use in proximity of words that display similarity of sound with dissimilarity of meaning. The Hebrew Bible in both its prose and verse abounds in various types and degrees of explicit and implicit wordplay, with the total number of instances far exceeding the 502 explicit examples enumerated
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings
Wordplay
WORDPLAYWordplays are playful but significant uses of one and the same word or phrase with different meanings or of different words or phrases with the same meanings. Such imaginative, exciting and surprising uses of words or phrases can operate on the level of sentences, paragraphs or whole poems.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
WORDPLAY IN THE OT
WORDPLAY IN THE OT. Wordplay involves two (or more) words with different meanings, but almost coinciding in sound, that occur in the same context. This is known as paronomasia in classical rhetoric. Wordplay can also involve one and the same word used in the same context with different meanings. Wordplay