19_Fri_Nov_7_2008 - Old Testament 11 Jason: Ellen Davis...

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Old Testament 11 Jason:  Ellen Davis Friday, November 07, 2008 Psalms:  Read the ones that assigned in class.   Look at praise and lament, thanksgiving….  8  entries! The journal entries are different from your reflection paper.  Hermeneutical notebook entries.  Concern that you have carefully engaged with the psalms. Poems that we have read:  most has been narrative.  Today we’re going to look at Hebrew  poetry. Repetition, composite artistry, beginnings and endings…. New skills:  How to read poetry, period.   1. Poetry generally, and Hebrew poetry 2. The Psalms Name that parallelism.   Understand poetry generally:  Requires PATIENCE and understanding of poetetic convention. A poem that was not written necessarily by a professional poem.   What makes that poem not a great poem:  the mathematical break-down of micro-fractions. JJ Redick:    Jonathan Clay Redick False assumptions:  Poems have to rhyme Other expectations:  Rythym and meter   What we think of as poetry – sincerely felt words put down on the page that should rhyme.  Hebrew poetry doesn’t rhyme. Page 1 of 6 November 5, 2008
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Poetry is more than just sincerely felt sentiment.  The form does matter.  Iambic pentameter.  Haikus:  count syllables.   Poetry can be more than we think of it as. We have expectations for rhythm and meter.  No discernible meter in Psalms and Hebrew poetry. Only one exception to the rule that Hebrew poetry doesn’t have meter:  the Qinah.  The Qinah  meter, 3 syllables and then 2 – a lament poetry. Line a:  3 syllables Line a’:  2 syllables The qinah meter.  In Amos 5, in Lamentations No Rhyme No meter But that doesn’t mean that Hebrew poetry doesn’t have expectations for its structure and its  content:  Parallelism!!!
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