By Les D. Maloney
A be aware Fitly Spoken explores major poetic units in the 4 alphabetic acrostic psalms present in ebook I of the Psalter. nearly all of scholarly opinion has been that those acrostics are poetically and artistically poor as a result writers’ and editors’ preoccupation with the alphabetic trend. not like this view, A note Fitly Spoken proposes that the acrostic development contributes to, instead of detracts from, the poetic artistry of those psalms. so as to advertise a holistic, canonical analyzing of the 4 acrostic poems inside publication I of the Psalter, this examine additionally examines the linguistic and grammatical connections in the textual content. this sort of shut examining time and again demonstrates the emotive strength and the mind's eye of this literature in contradiction to its supposedly stiff, wood nature. A notice Fitly Spoken is attuned to the widespread performs on be aware and sound that happen all through those 4 poems and as such will be priceless in graduate classes on biblical interpretation, Hebrew poetry, or the Psalms.
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H. 22 There also appears to be chiastic-type paralleling involved in the repetition of key terms in the verses following v 4 and also v 18. This balance or symmetry can be seen in Table 2. The comparison in this table is not between the two columns but the verses/repeated terms listed in each column. Nevertheless, it is also instructive to compare the two columns and to see that this chiastic paralleling occurs twice in Ps 9, once in the early section and once in the latter section of the poem.
42 Finally, the sixtieth chapter of de’ Rossi’s “Words of Understanding” section is the chapter most concerned with Hebrew poetics. He expresses an awareness of the contention of Philo, Josephus, Origen, and Jerome that Hebrew poetry is written in meter, but is dissatisfied with this approach. 44 What is most interesting for this study is the emphasis that de’ Rossi’s approach places upon the concepts or ideas represented by the words that are being counted. Granted, counting syllables or vowels (long versus short) involves close reading.
Chiastic Paralleling in Ps 9 Early Section Latter Section “when my enemies…were destroyed v4 “the nations who forget God” v 18 “you destroyed the wicked” v 6a “will not be forgotten forever” v 19a “the enemy comes to complete…desolation” v 7a “let the nations be judged” v 20b The second observation about the repetition of bw#$ involves the rhetorical device known as political satire. The definition of satire for the purposes of this study is the definition offered by Ze’ev Weisman who notes the difference between satire and irony.