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An Invitation to Biblical Poetry

Elaine T. James

March 2022

ISBN: 9780190664930

216 pages
Paperback
210x140mm

Price: £16.99

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An Invitation to Biblical Poetry is an introduction to the aesthetic dimensions of the ancient poetry of the Bible. It argues that, as art, biblical poems engage their readers in embodied encounters that accomplish intellectual work. It examines how this is achieved through the poems' various techniques of voicing and address, lines, formal patterns, figures such as metaphor, personification, and symbol, and the crucial but elusive dimensions of historical and readerly context. Its broad survey of biblical poetry and accessible style will benefit anyone interested in becoming a better reader of poetry.

  • Foregrounds voice and addresses as principal dimensions of biblical poetry
  • Offers a sensitive and evocative account of the aesthetics of biblical poems
  • Includes both formal analysis and historical contextualization

About the Author(s)

Elaine T. James, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary

Elaine James is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. She studies the ancient literature of the Bible with particular attention to its aesthetic and ecological dimensions.

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    Chapter 1: Voices
    Emotion
    Ascription and Authorship
    Multiplicity and Dialogue
    Prophetic Voicing
    Gender
    Psalm 55: A Reading
    Chapter 2: Lines
    Parallelism
    Enjambment
    Psalm 19: A Reading
    Chapter 3: Forms
    Terms
    Hymns
    Laments
    Love Poems
    Parody
    Acrostic
    Psalm 119: A Reading
    Chapter 4: Figures
    Metaphor and Simile
    Personification and Anthropomorphism
    Metaphors for the Deity
    Symbols
    Psalm 65: A Reading
    Chapter 5: Contexts
    Three Worlds of the Text
    Worlds Behind the Text
    Allusion
    Prophetic Poetry's Refusals
    The Poetry of Exile
    Psalm 137: A Reading
    Conclusion
    Index