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Dynamics of Biblical Parallelism (Adele Berlin) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2007) 9780802803979
Dynamics of Biblical Parallelism (Adele Berlin) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2007) 9780802803979
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Title: Dynamics of Biblical Parallelism

Author: Berlin, Adele

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2007

Paperback; ISBN: 9780802803979

Volumes: 1; Pages: 216

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Understanding of biblical poetry, like any other, is enhanced by the study of its structure. In The Dynamics of Biblical Parallelism Adele Berlin analyzes parallelism, a major feature of biblical poetry, from a linguistic perspective.

Berlin begins with a brief history of the study of biblical parallelism by biblical scholars. She then focuses on parallelism considered more broadly in the work of linguist Roman Jakobson, a new section in this second edition. The chapters following concentrate on the various linguistic levels that come into play in the construction of parallel lines. Here is the key observation that parallel lines involve both similarity and difference on all linguistic levels--morphology, syntax, lexical, semantic, and phonologic. Berlin concludes by showing how these levels can be combined and analyzing examples of parallelism in biblical passages.

Linguistic, but not overly technical, The Dynamics of Biblical Parallelism will enhance understanding of biblical poetry for both biblical and literary scholars.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by David Noel Freedman

Preface to the Revised and Expanded Edition

Preface to the First Edition

Introduction

Abbreviations

1. PARALLELISM AND POETRY

Parallelism and Poetry in Biblical Studies

Parallelism and Poetry in Linguistic Studies

2. THE LINGUISTIC STUDY OF BIBLICAL PARALLELISM

3. THE GRAMMATICAL ASPECT

Morphologic Parallelism

1. Morphologic Pairs from Different Word Classes

2. Morphologic Pairs from the Same Word Class

Syntactic Parallelism

1. Nominal-Verbal

2. Positive-Negative

3. Subject-Object

4. Contrast in Grammatical Mood

4. THE LEXICAL AND SEMANTIC ASPECTS

The Lexical Aspect: Word Pairs

1. The Paradigmatic Rules

2. The Syntagmatic Rules

3. Syntagmatic Pairing in Hebrew

The Relation between the Lexical and the Semantic Aspects

Lexical, Grammatical, and Semantic Patterning

1. Lexical Patterning

2. Grammatical Patterning

3. Semantic Patterning

The Semantic Aspect

1. Disambiguation and Ambiguity

2. Parallelism as Metaphor

5. THE PHONOLOGIC ASPECT: SOUND PAIRS

What Is a Sound Pair?

Sound Pairs as Word Pairs

Sound Pairs Which Are Not Word Pairs

The Effect of Sound Pairs on Parallelism

The Patterning of Sound Pairs

1. aabb

2. abab

3. abba

4. Multiple Sound Pairs

5. Other Occurrences of Sound Pairs

Appendix: Sound Pairs in A Midsummer Night's Dream

6. PARALLELISM AND THE TEXT

The Variety of Parallelisms

Perceptibility and Interestingness

1. Proximity

2. Similarity of Surface Structure

3. Number of Linguistic Equivalences

4. Expectation of Parallelism

The Effect of Parallelism

Notes

Glossary

Bibliography

The Range of Biblical Metaphors in Smikhut - Lida Knorina

Index of Biblical Passages

General Index

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