The Question of Meter in Biblical Hebrew Poetry (Studies in Bible & Early Christianity S. v. 46)

The Question of Meter in Biblical Hebrew Poetry (Studies in Bible & Early Christianity S. v. 46)

By: Donald R. Vance (author)Hardback

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Three important contributions to the study of biblical Hebrew poetry are provided in this work: first, it surveys scholars of non-biblical, metrical-poetry to ascertain how meter is defined in the field of literary criticism; second, it categorizes and critiques all significant proposals regarding meter in biblical Hebrew poetry from the time of Philo to the present; finally, it tests the most viable of the proposals against a large sample of poetic texts from the Hebrew Bible. The author generates statistical profiles for the texts 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.

Contents

ABBREVIATIONS v PREFACE vii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xi CHAPTER 1: DEFINING METER 1 Introduction 1 Defining Meter 11 Meter and Rhythm 11 Phonological Event 15 Abstract Pattern as Contract 21 Arrangement by Line With Regularity 31 The Proposed Definition of Meter 37 CHAPTER 2: THE CATEGORIZATION OF METRICAL THEORIES FOR CLASSICAL HEBREW POETRY 41 Introduction 41 Quantitative 47 Philo of Alexandria (ca. 15 B.C.-ca. A.D. 45) 47 Josephus (A.D. 37-100) 49 Origen (A.D. 184-254) 52 Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea (A.D. 264-340) 53 Pseudo-Justin Martyr (Fourth Century A.D.) 54 Jerome (A.D. 331-420) 55 Augustine, Bishop of Hippo (A.D. 354-430) 59 Theodoretus, Bishop of Cyrene (A.D. 386-458) 60 Isidore of Seville (ca. A.D. 580-636) 61 Samuel Archivolti (1515-1611) 62 Franciscus Gomarus (1563-1641) 65 Marcus Meibomius (1630-1711) 69 Sir William Jones (1746-1794) 72 Conrad Gottlob Anton (1770) 75 Egbert Jan Greve (1754-1811) 81 Joachim Bellermann (1813) 89 Summary 94 Accentual 97 Ernst Heinrich Meier (1813-1866) 97 Julius Ley (1822-1901) 103 Karl Ferdinand Reinhardt Budde (1850-1935) 119 Eduard Sievers (1850-1932) 132 William Henry Cobb (1846-1923) 146 George Buchanan Gray (1865-1922) 148 Theodore Henry Robinson (1881-?) 153 Sigmund Olaf Plytt Mowinckel (1884-1965) 158 William Foxwell Albright (1891-1971) 163 Stanislav Segert (1921-) 165 Jerzy Kurylowicz (1895-?) 166 Summary 173 Syllabic 175 Moshe ben Shem Tov ibn Habib 175 Abraham ben David Portaleone (1542-1612) 178 Adalbert Merx (1838-1909) 180 Robert C. Culley (1970) 182 Douglas K. Stuart (1976) 184 David Noel Freedman (1922-) 187 Summary 206 Acccntual-Syllabic 207 Francis Hare (1671-1740) 207 Joseph Levin Saalschutz (1801-1863) 213 Summary 220 Conclusion 221 CHAPTER 3: METRICAL ANALYSIS OF SELECT TEXTS 223 Introduction 223 The Control Data 231 The Metrical Control 231 Syllabic Meter: Japanese Haiku 231 Accentual Meter: Beowulf 233 Accentual-Syllabic Meter: Shakespeare's Sonnets (I-X) 235 The Nonmetrical Control 251 Birth of Moses (Exod 2:1-10) 251 Ruth 1 267 Summary 287 The Texts 289 Words and Accents 289 Syllabification and Vocalization 290 Lamentations 1 294 Lamentations 2 310 Lamentations 3 328 Lamentations 4 346 Lamentations 5 362 A Worthy Woman (Prov 31:10-31) 372 Psalm 25 382 Psalm 34 396 Psalm 37 406 Psalm 111 424 Psalm 112 428 Psalm 119 432 Psalm 145 460 David's Lament over Saul and Jonathan (2 Sam 1:19-27) 470 Conclusions 477 Regularity 477 Standard Deviation 479 Range 481 Relative Frequency Distribution Histograms 483 EXCURSUS: QINAH METER 485 CHAPTER 4: CONCLUSIONS 489 BIBLIOGRAPHY 499 INDEX OF AUTHORS, ANCIENT AND MODERN 513

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  • ISBN13: 9780773475748
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 536
  • ID: 9780773475748
  • ISBN10: 0773475745

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