Lecture_Twenty_two___Poetic_Literature__Psalms_ - Lecture...

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Lecture 22: Poetic Literature - The Psalms sanctification and holiness, map and essay for the exam. I. Introduction david authors about half of the psalms. A. Amount of poetry in the Old Testament one third of it is poetry. Even in the books of the prophets, there is poetry. B. Value of poetic expression The value of using poetry is that it was easier to memorize since not everyone back in the day had the written word. Also, emotion can be expressed through it. II. Characteristics of Hebrew poetry A . contrast with classic western poetry had rhythm or rhyme. B. parallelism - structure consists of ideas or concepts which are arranged in order to balance each other. It creates symmetry in ideas. Wt have a rhythm of thought. Remember the term parallelism. Psalm 2:3 is a good example. 1. Synonymous parallelism 2. Antithetical parallelism this is the opposite of synonymous. Psalm 1:6. the way of the wicked contrasted with the way of the righteous. 3. Synthetic parallelism this time, the 2 nd line is developed , 3 rd will add to the 2 nd and the first. This is a very complex, growing kind of development. Psalm 1. in verses 1-3, there is the synthetic. And 1-3 will contrast over 4-5 and those verses describe the wicked. Proverbs 10-15 has a lot of these in there. It sets them up so that the person reading them will learn them as they are reading . 4 . These types of parallelism can be interrelated to produce more complex forms proverbs 10-15 Question: Why is parallelism such a powerful means of expressing biblical truth? This. German corale’s are translated into English words and they are sung as hymns. Many of them are translated from different languages. But its not like that with the Hebrew poetry. It is the medium to get them through the cultures and rhyme and rhytm are not needed to get the point across. C . other characteristics of Hebrew poetry 1 . Figurative language : personification- the giving of human characteristics to inanimate objects. , metaphor- ways of establishing comparisons-does not use the words like or as. , and simile- does use as or like. 2
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course BI 104 taught by Professor Parret during the Fall '08 term at Gordon MA.

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