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The Idea of Biblical Poetry: Parallelism and Its History

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Is there poetry in the Bible? Does it have rhyme or meter? How did ancient Hebrew writers compose their works? James Kugel's provocative study provides surprising new answers to these age-old questions. Biblical "poetry" is not a concept native to the Bible itself, he proposes, and the idea that the Bible is divided into prose and verse is merely an approximation of the re ...more
Paperback, 339 pages
Published June 5th 1998 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published June 26th 1981)
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Robert Coleman
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Kugel wrote two books in one: 1) The primary feature of parallelism in Hebrew literature is seconding and 2) there is no such thing as Hebrew poetry. He should have left out the second goal and the book would have been MUCH better.
CJ Bowen
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book much more than I was expecting to. While Alter's book on biblical poetry has some important criticism of Kugel, reading Kugel was far more enlightening to me.

Kugel has correctly discerned the essence of parallelism as a progression from A to B in a "what is more" fashion, instead of focusing on rhyme or meter. He then gives us a thorough historical roadmap of the journey to understand biblical poetics, including a lot of blind alleys, as well as real advances.

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Sue
Jan 10, 2009 rated it liked it
This book about the nature of poetry in the Bible was technically way beyond me. Yet Kugel writes so clearly that I got something out of the book nevertheless. I have much clearer understanding of what "parallelism" is and what it is not, in the Bible, despite the fact that a lot of nuances in his study went right over my head.
Nicholas Rozier
Aug 15, 2014 rated it liked it
The first two chapters are worth the price of the book. The remainder is "scholar speak" and not nearly as edifying.
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Great for introducing students to the poetry that fills the Old Testament.
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