By Joze Krasovec
This learn of antithesis in biblical poetry arose out of the author’s prior paintings on merism in his 1977 doctoral dissertation. the current paintings seeks to target the phenomenon of antithesis consistent with se, and to ascertain its position in consultant examples of varied biblical genres: “epic,” “psalmic,” “prophetic,” and “didactic” literature. It concludes with an inventory of circumstances of antithesis within the Hebrew Bible and an test at extensive categorization, in addition to a few hypothesis in regards to the starting place of the elemental kinds of antithesis.
No doubt via its try to concentration consciousness at the particular phenomenon of antithesis and its meeting of definitions and examples, this research should be of curiosity to a few scholars of biblical sort. regrettably, even if, it's open to feedback on numerous issues. firstly, its very topic: why “antithesis”? The worthiness of this class for imminent Hebrew variety isn't really puzzled by means of this learn, yet in basic terms assumed, possibly simply because antithesis has been any such well known characteristic in descriptions of classical Greek and Latin rhetoric—indeed, a few of these descriptions (Aristotle, Quintilian, et al.) are marshaled within the author’s fight to outline antithesis for the Bible. yet that the phenomenon he identifies as antithesis may well larger be approached within the context of broader facets of biblical kind, even perhaps lower than another rubric, isn't really one in every of this study’s theoretical issues: to the contrary, the writer is at pains to differentiate antithesis from all demeanour of items that resemble it yet are extra safely referred to as by means of different names (“merism,” for example). but no longer all such makes an attempt at isolation and concentration are inevitably worthy, and for this reason the reader can't support feeling that, at the one hand, antithesis by no means does get remoted and outlined in any convincing type, and, at the different, attention of antithesis besides its excluded look-alikes could have been way more enlightening.
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Fraenkel's con cern is a treatment of individu al antithetic examples according to the following critera: a) the antithesis whose essence is the thing b) the antithesis whose essence is the language aa) based on antithetic words bb) based on antithetic parallelism cc) based on common linguistic denominator c) the antithesis whose essence is the image A certain categorizing according to these criteria was made possible because L. Fraenkel selected only a few antithetic units from the whole Hebrew Bible, mostly antithetic parallelisms, and treated them merely with regard to sorne aspects 59 ; only three examples 60 are treated more in detail 61 • G.
Coogan, on the other hand, is quite a thorough analyticlinguistic examination that provides useful insights especially in questions ofmetrics. The suggested structural division of the Song into five parts: 1 = A (2-5) - B (6-8); II (9-13); 22 EPIe LITERATURE aIl the more necessary for this study to evaluate the trains of thought always in their relation to linguistic-stylistic factors. The antithetic structure of the Song suggests the treatment of the following aspects: trains of thought and basic linguistic-stylistic traits in their relation to each other; the structure of individu al parts in relation to the entire form; the question of the unit y of the Song.
Rashi interprets also the form m'in 14b in the same sense, relating the whole v 14 to the past and to the future history. David Kimchi 28 EPIe LITERA TURE the movement of the tribes as much as possible. Therefore he interrupts the account with an emotional summons to Deborah and Barak (12) and then resumes. ' appears. The more the tribes that "marched" to battle appear as "people of YHWH", the more negative the hesitation of the cowardly tribes will appear. While the movement is the characteristic trait that causes the unit y of the first segment, it is also the most significant criterion of separation from the second segment.
Antithetic Structure in Biblical Hebrew Poetry by Joze Krasovec