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Major Poems of the Hebrew Bible at the Interface of Prosody and Structural Analysis, Volume 4: Job 15-42 (J P Fokkelman) Hardcover Book, (Van Gorcum, 2004) 9789023240723
Major Poems of the Hebrew Bible at the Interface of Prosody and Structural Analysis, Volume 4: Job 15-42 (J P Fokkelman) Hardcover Book, (Van Gorcum, 2004) 9789023240723
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Title: Major Poems of the Hebrew Bible at the Interface of Prosody and Structural Analysis, Volume 4: Job 15-42

Author: Fokkelman, J P

Publisher: Van Gorcum; Publication Date: 2004

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789023240723

Volumes: 1; Pages: 466

List Price in Cloth: $211.00 Our price: $179.50

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The Book of Job contains the only sustained, through-composed work in verse in the Hebrew Bible. This makes it very suitable as a testing area for the rules of verse structure and all other aspects of prosody that were developed in Major Poems of the Hebrew Bible Vol. II. This fourth and last volume completes the study that in Vol. I started with Job 3 (curses and complaint), and continued with the first round of the debate (chs. 4-14) in Vol. II.Again, the analysis follows two separate circuits: on the one hand that of language, style and structure, on the other hand that of measuring proportions on at least five textual levels. The poetry section of the Book of Job contains 412 strophes, of which the protagonist Job speaks exactly half. His portion of 206 strophes is also divided into equal halves: in 103 short and 103 long strophes. Even more than in the Psalms, the norm figures 7, 8 and 9 play an essential part in the composition of the poems and their average number of syllables per colon. The forty poems of the book exhibit various forms of numerical perfection, and the correct demarcation of strophes and stanzas is found to considerably improve and expand our understanding of its contents.Table of ContentsChapter OneExample: Threni 5Second round of the debateChapter TwoEliphaz' second speech and Job's answer (Job 15 - 17)Chapter ThreeBildad's second speech and Job's answer (Job 18 - 19)Chapter FourZophar's second speech and Job's answer (Job 20 - 21)Third round of the debateChapter FiveEliphaz' third speech and Job's answer (Job 22 - 24)Chapter SixBildad (short) and Job (long) (Job 25 - 28)Chapter SevenThe dialectics of bliss and misery: three speeches by Job complete the debate proper (Job 29 - 31)A fourth friend: mediation?Chapter EightElihu (Job 32 - 34)Chapter NineElihu continued (Job 35 - 37)The fifth discussion partner: God himselfChapter TenGod?s answer from the storm (A) (Job 38 - 39)Chapter ElevenGod's answer from the storm (B) and Job?s reaction (Job 40 - 42:6)Chapter TwelveResults and conclusionsAppendicesI Full syllable counts for Job 15 - 42II Full figures for all strophes and poemsIII Five text levels: the figures for the literary unitsIVa SL-configurations per chapterIVb Distribution of S- and L-strophes over the chaptersVa Distribution of colon lengths per chapterVb Distribution of colon lengths (3-14 syllables) in the book of JobVI Combinations of chapters (syllable counts)AbbreviationsSelected BibliographyCorrections to Volume IIIChanges to the original Hebrew textThe full Hebrew text of Job 3 - 42 in its poetic form
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