Psalm 119: The Exaltation of Torah   -     By: David Noel Freedman
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Psalm 119: The Exaltation of Torah

Eisenbrauns / 1999 / Hardcover

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The alphabetic acrostic is one of the most easily identifiable poetic forms in the Hebrew Bible. Yet its very obviousness has tended to deflect deeper exploration of its structure and purpose. There is not a priori reason that alphabetic acrostics should be less creative, expressive, or complex than other psalms. Thus the essays collected here investigate the acrostic format as a legitimate option for Israelite poets rather than asthe refuge of uninspired epigones. Freedman focuses on the technical aspects of the psalms: metrics, syllable counts, colon length, and symmetry within the psalm. The results show that the poets' creativity functioned at all levels, from the individual line to the complete psalm.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 94
Vendor: Eisenbrauns
Publication Date: 1999
ISBN: 1575060388
ISBN-13: 9781575060385
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  1. Patrick Mcelroy
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    Patrick Mcelroy

    Although a little pressed in its mathematical approach, the collective weight of the argument for symmetry is beyond convincing. This scholarly look at Psalm 119 is not for the casual commentary reader and yet is quite helpful for those who want to plumb the depths of the language of the Great Psalm.

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