Question of Meter in Biblical Hebrew Poetry

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The author generates statistical profiles for the texs and compares them with similar profiles from two categories of control data: metrical poetic texts from outside the biblical Hebrew tradition (Shakespearean sonnets, Beowulf, and four Japanese haiku) and prose texts from within the Hebrew Bible. The study not only demonstrates that meter properly understood does not exist in biblical Hebrew poetry, but also provides scholars with a valuable introduction to the study of meter and a comprehensive reference source for all the theories of meter that biblical scholars have previously set forth.

Table of Contents

Table of contents (main headings):
1. Defining Meter
2. The Categorization of Metrical Theories for Classical Hebrew Poetry
3. Metrical Analysis of Select Texts: Japanese haiku; Beowulf; Shakespeare’s sonnets; Birth of Moses, Ruth; Lamentations; Psalms, David’s lament over Saul and Jonathan;Excursus
4. Conclusions
Bibliography; Index of Authors

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