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Poems and Psalms of the Hebrew Bible (Susan E Gillingham) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1994) 9780192132437
Poems and Psalms of the Hebrew Bible (Susan E Gillingham) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1994) 9780192132437
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Title: The Poems and Psalms of the Hebrew Bible

Author: Gillingham, Susan E

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 1994

Paperback; ISBN: 9780192132437

Volumes: 1; Pages: 328

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Poetry was a key art-form for the ancient Jews, the most distinctive way in which they tried to depict the relationship between God and his people. The Poems and Psalms of the Hebrew Bible introduces the reader to the full range of the poetry of the Old Testament, both outside the Psalter and within it. After considering the essential elements of Hebrew verse, it looks at the most familiar poems--the Psalms, the Songs of Solomon, and the poetry of Job and Proverbs--as well as at less familiar examples of poems which by contrast are embedded in narrative, such as war poetry, harvest hymns, elegies, prayers of protest, and thanksgiving songs. The book is addressed to both specialists and non-specialists; no knowledge of Hebrew is presumed, and a bibliography following each chapter offers suggestions for further study.CONTENTSAbbreviations Pt. I Identifying Hebrew Poetry1 Poets, Poems, and Performances A Interpreting Poetry: An Analogy from Music B Understanding and Appreciation of Hebrew Poetry C Inspiration and Biblical Poetry D Poetry, Culture, and Language E Conclusions: The Art of Hebrew Poetry 2 Poetry and Prose A Criteria Suggesting Hebrew Verse: General Observations B Criteria for Hebrew Verse: Some Specific Features C Prose Which Might Be Read as Poetry D Poetry Which Could Be Read as Prose E Hebrew Verse in its Cultural Context 3 Metre A Poetry, Liturgy, and Music B Metrical Theories and Hebrew Poetry C Applying Metrical Theories to the Texts D Metre and Psalmody 4 Parallelism A Theories about Parallelism and Hebrew Poetry B Applying Theories of Parallelism to the Texts C Parallelism in Semitic Poetry Using New Testament ExamplesPt. II Poetry Outside the Psalter 5 Law Poetry, Wisdom Poetry, and Popular Poetry A Fragments of Poetry Found within the Law B Poetry Found within Wisdom Tradition C Popular Poetry 6 Prophetic Poetry A Prose and Poetry in the Prophetic Writings B Criteria for Determining the Poetry of the Prophets 7 Cultic Poetry A Fragments of Cultic Poetry B Developed Cultic Poetry Pt. III The Poetry of the Psalms8 The Psalmist as Poets A The Psalmists as Individual Poets B The Psalmists as Poets Serving the Community C The Psalmists as Liturgical Poets Serving the Cultic Community D The Psalmists as Liturgical Poets Serving a Private Cultus E The Psalmists as Poets of Life 9 The Psalms as Poems (1) Poetic Devices in the Psalms 10 The Psalms as Poems (II) Poetic Forms in the Psalms Appendix: An Overview of Basic Forms Used in the Psalter 11 The Psalter: Hymn-Book, Prayer-Book, or Anthology? A Looking at the Psalter as a Whole B From Smaller Collections to the Five Books of Psalms C The Superscriptions and the Psalms D From Pre-Exilic to Post-Exilic Temple Cult 12 The Interpretation of the Psalter A Different Translations of the Hebrew Psalter B The Interpretation of Psalmody in Jewish Tradition C The Interpretation of Psalmody in Christian Tradition D Towards a Theological Interpretation of the Psalter E Unity and Diversity in the Psalter Conclusion: Theology and Poetry Bibliography Index of Passages Cited General Index REVIEWS"A comprehensive review of earlier treatment of Hebrew poetry ... there are also some excellent reflections on the nature of poetry which show that the author's interests and knowledge are by no means confined to technical academic matters. ... The aim of the series is to introduce the biblical literature to the general reader and the writer's knowledge, literary appreciation and the clarity which has earned her a deserved reputation as teacher in Oxford, make her ideally suited to the task."--Theology"The title promises a widely ranging discussion and the reader is not disappointed. This is an excellent account of the poetry of the Old Testament, which not only informs the reader but opens up fresh insights into biblical poetry."--The Expository Times"This is an excellent introduction/survey of Hebrew poetry. ... It is in the outstanding Oxford Bible Series ... the work is practical and valuable."--Southwestern Journal of Theology"Although this is not an introductory book, the interested nonspecialist will appreciate it. It will make a good textbook for an upper-division college or seminary course."--The Bible Today"Gillingham provides clear and judicious treatments of these subjects and illustrates them with copious examples from a wide variety of Biblical texts. ... [T]his book is a helpful introduction to Biblical poetry and psalmody, as such it would make an ideal college- or university-level text for a course on this subject."--Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
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