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By Adele Berlin

This quantity makes to be had in English for the 1st time an exceptionally vital team of medieval and Renaissance texts on biblical poetry. The ebook comprises excerpts from seventeen Judaeo-Arabic and Hebrew texts and comprises the paintings of recognized figures equivalent to Judah Halevi, Moshe ibn Ezra, Don lsaac Abravanel, and Azariah de' Rossi, in addition to lesser-known works that exhibit a wealthy yet overlooked culture of serious debate on biblical poetics. The writings offered right here date from the 9th to the 17th centuries and have been produced in 3 of the most facilities of Jewish tradition: Spain, Provence, and Italy. a few are excerpts from biblical commentaries, whereas others are present in historic, philosophical, grammatical, and literary treatises.

The e-book is split into components. half I comprises a longer essay on medieval and Renaissance perspectives of biblical poetry and rhetoric that highlights the most strains of ancient improvement and indicates proper connections with glossy learn on biblical poetry. all the translated excerpts partially ll is preceded by means of a quick biographical be aware at the writer, an summary of the paintings from which the excerpt is taken, and a precis of the excerpt. Bibliographical references are given for every textual content, and there's an in depth bibliography and a word list of significant phrases and concepts.

For literary students, this e-book presents a win-
dow onto medieval and Renaissance Jewish literary
theory, and for college kids of the Bible it offers an immense bankruptcy within the heritage of biblical interpretation.

ADELE BERLlN is Professor of Hebrew within the division of Hebrew and East Asian Languages and Literatures on the college of Maryland. Her past books contain Poetics and Interpretation of Biblical Narrative and The Dynamics of Biblical Parallelism.

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The theory of oral composition drew on views of parallelism current in biblical studies at the time (see below) and on certain assumptions held by folklorists and scholars of comparative literature. While Form Criticism sought the common elements in various poems, Rhetorical Criticism shifted the emphasis to the distinctive usages in each poem. In a separate but similar move, those more familiar with literary criticism applied the methods of New Criticism and Werkinterpretation to biblical poetry, especially the technique of close reading.

Compare Profiat Duran's division of the science of language into grammar, rhetoric, and poetry. ) Immanuel Frances's persona, Jachin, finds the origins of rhetoric and poetry in the Bible and presents the most comprehensive, and also the most modern-sounding, analysis of biblical discourse. There are three types: prose, rhetoric, and poetry. Prose is the common language used by all, and the books written in it are the Pentateuch, Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Jonah, Chronicles, Ruth, and Esther.

The frame of reference may change, but the goals are the same. The following chapters will present the medieval frame of reference, and some outstanding reflections on biblical poetry. < previous page page_15 If you like this book, buy it! next page > < previous page page_16 next page > Page 16 3 Medieval and Renaissance Jewish Attitudes Toward Poetry and the Bible The study of biblical poetry from the twelfth to the seventeenth centuries took place against a background of values and assumptions quite different from our own.

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