This is the last of five chapters on the text of the Old Testament, and discusses Hebrew poetry in the context of the Hebrew (Old Testament) Bible. The introductory section looks at recent work on the discovery of the verse traditions of the ancient Near East, and discusses the difficulty of reading Hebrew poetry, the Hebrew poet's resources (tradition versus innovation) and the poet's voice and the lyrical first person singular (the lyrical ‘I’). The second section discusses the issue of differentiating between prose and poetry, the third discusses metre and rhythm, and the fourth discusses parallelism. Further sections discuss building blocks (line, half‐line, and couplet), the segmentation of poems, repetition, the exploitation of sound, figurative language, and poetic diction. The last section of the chapter looks at the matter of holding the reader's attention.
Keywords: ancient Near East, building blocks, exploitation of sound, figurative language, first person singular, Hebrew Bible, Hebrew poetry, holding the reader's attention, metre, Old Testament, parallelism, poet's voice, poetic diction, prose versus poetry, reading, repetition, resources, rhythm, segmentation, verse traditions
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