On Biblical Poetry by F.W. Dobbs-AllsoppOn Biblical Poetry by F.W. Dobbs-Allsopp

On Biblical Poetry

byF.W. Dobbs-Allsopp

Hardcover | October 14, 2015

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On Biblical Poetry takes a fresh look at the nature of biblical Hebrew poetry beyond its currently best-known feature, parallelism. F.W. Dobbs-Allsopp argues that biblical poetry is in most respects just like any other verse tradition, and therefore biblical poems should be read andinterpreted like other poems, using the same critical tools and with the same kinds of guiding assumptions in place. He offers a series of programmatic essays on major facets of biblical verse, each aspiring to alter currently regnant conceptualizations in the field and to show that attention toaspects of prosody - rhythm, lineation, and the like - allied with close reading can yield interesting, valuable, and even pleasurable interpretations. What distinguishes the verse of the Bible, says Dobbs-Allsopp, is its historicity and cultural specificity, those peculiar encrustations andencumbrances that typify all human artifacts. Both the literary and the historical, then, are in view throughout.The concluding essay elaborates a close reading of Psalm 133. This chapter enacts the final movement to the set of literary and historical arguments mounted throughout the volume - an example of the holistic staging which, Dobbs-Allsopp argues, is much needed in the field of Biblical Studies.
F.W. Dobbs-Allsopp is an Associate Professor of Old Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Title:On Biblical PoetryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:624 pages, 9.29 × 6.5 × 1.89 inPublished:October 14, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsList of FiguresIntroduction - Biblical Poetry Beyond Parallelism1. "Verse, Properly So Called": The Line in Biblical PoetryTerminologyManuscript Evidence for the LineThe "Verse Line" in Oral PoetryThe Line from the Other's PerspectiveInternal Evidence for the LineSummary2. The Free Rhythms of Biblical Hebrew PoetryThrough Whitman's EyesBiblical Hebrew Poetry is Not MetricalThe Shape of Poetic RhythmOrality, Song, and MusicThe Free Rhythms of Biblical PoetrySummary3. The Idea of Lyric Poetry in the BibleThe Hebrew LyricSummaryLyric in extenso: Probing (Some) Possibilities in the SongBeyond Lyric: Toward a Richer Understanding of (Other) Biblical Poems4. An Informing Orality: Biblical Poetic StyleSome Preliminary Points of OrientationProb(lematiz)ing the Question of Hebrew Narrative PoetryNonnarrative Oral Poetry, Or: Orality Poeticized OtherwiseSigns of (Nonnarrative) Orality in Biblical PoetryEmergent TextualityConclusions5. The Way of Poetry in Psalm 133IIIIIIIVClosingNotesBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

"A few names stand out as seminal figures in the study of biblical Hebrew poetry in the past fifty years--Kugel, Berlin, O'Connor, Alonso-Schokel. With this volume Dobbs-Allsopp joins that elite group. His challenging analysis of biblical poetry as part of the free verse tradition will setscholarship on a new and more productive path." --Carol Newsom, C. H. Candler Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, Emory University