By Les D. Maloney
A note Fitly Spoken explores major poetic units in the 4 alphabetic acrostic psalms present in publication I of the Psalter. the vast majority of scholarly opinion has been that those acrostics are poetically and artistically poor as a result writers’ and editors’ preoccupation with the alphabetic development. unlike this view, A be aware Fitly Spoken proposes that the acrostic trend contributes to, instead of detracts from, the poetic artistry of those psalms. so that it will advertise a holistic, canonical analyzing of the 4 acrostic poems inside publication I of the Psalter, this examine additionally examines the linguistic and grammatical connections in the textual content. this type of shut studying time and again demonstrates the emotive energy and the mind's eye of this literature in contradiction to its supposedly stiff, wood nature. A observe Fitly Spoken is attuned to the common performs on be aware and sound that ensue all through those 4 poems and as such will be worthy in graduate classes on biblical interpretation, Hebrew poetry, or the Psalms.
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Soll, who sees the alphabetic pattern in a positive light—even calling it a “reinforcement of the content of the poem”79—Gunkel and Mowinckel see the pattern as an extraneous element artificially imposed upon these psalms. 81 Gunkel makes a few more comments about the acrostic pattern in his introduction to the Psalter. The first comments come again in the chapter on wisdom poetry in the psalms. He draws a distinction among the acrostic psalms between those that are bonafide “wisdom poems” (Pss 37; 112) and those that are “wisdom-influenced” poems (Pss 25; 34; and 119).
8 Zevit says he does not question the existence of the pattern that Jakobson discovers, but he does question whether subconscious patterning is relevant. ”9 Zevit does not marshal evidence to prove the last part of this statement—a statement that serves as one of his main presuppositions in reading biblical poetry. 10 Jakobson’s insights, therefore, provide a powerful refinement and focus to generalized statements about biblical poetry made by biblical scholars. ”11 A similar point is made by C.
Such satire has the effect of diminishing the power of the wicked enemy in the thinking of the audience of this psalm. 46 At the end of the day, there is a complete and profound “reversal” of fortunes. ”47 It is more accurate to describe this language as envisioning not just a social but also a theological (“divine”) reversal—a common biblical motif (1 Sam 2:4–9; Pss 73:13–21; 113:7–9; Job 42:7–9. Cf. Luke 1:51–53; 6:25; 16:25). Psalm 10 The first poetic device encountered in Ps 10 appears in the first verse and involves sarcasm.
A Word Fitly Spoken: Poetic Artistry in the First Four Acrostics of the Hebrew Psalter (Studies in Biblical Literature, Volume 119) by Les D. Maloney