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 in line with se, and to envision its position in consultant examples of assorted biblical genres: “epic,” “psalmic,” “prophetic,” and “didactic” literature. It concludes with a listing of cases of antithesis within the Hebrew Bible and an try out at large categorization, in addition to a few hypothesis in regards to the starting place of the fundamental types of antithesis.
No doubt by means of its try and concentration cognizance at the particular phenomenon of antithesis and its meeting of definitions and examples, this examine should be of curiosity to a few scholars of biblical type. regrettably, even if, it's open to feedback on numerous issues. first of all, its very topic: why “antithesis”? The worthiness of this type for coming near near Hebrew sort isn't wondered by means of this learn, yet in basic terms assumed, probably simply because antithesis has been this sort of admired 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 higher be approached within the context of broader features of biblical kind, even perhaps less 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 correctly referred to as through different names (“merism,” for example). but no longer all such makes an attempt at isolation and concentration are unavoidably worthy, and thus the reader can't aid feeling that, at the one hand, antithesis by no means does get remoted and outlined in any convincing model, and, at the different, attention of antithesis besides its excluded look-alikes could have been way more enlightening.
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The whole context of the Song shows that the poet really attributes the victory near Megiddo to YHWH. Consequently, he may have stressed the weakness of the people before the battle quite intentionally in order to underline the people's dependence on their God. This is all the more likely, as the impotence of the people is brought into connection with their unfaithfulness to YHWH. In v 8 it says: "n C'il1~ cn, lN c'~n C'i1'N in~' 'Ni~'::J r")'N C'31~iN::J n~i' i1Ni'-CN p~ The importance of the verse is revealed by the fact that the term lN C'il1~ cn, - "then they fought at the gates" 12 has a fine antithetic counterpart in v llc: as for instance the realm of ideas, morals, time, quality or quantity in general.
Stellt thematisch den Glaubensatz, der in Psalm in Frage steht, heraus und gibt zusammen mit dem ahnlich gerichteten Abschluss (V. ) dem Ganzen einen festen Rahmen. Dazwischen spielt sich der Seelenkampf des Dichters ab; V. 3-12 redet von seinem Anstoss an dem Glück der Gottlosen, V. 13-16 von seinem eigenen Unglück und Zweifel; mit V. 17 tritt die Wendung ein. Der Dichter gewinnt eine neue Schau der Dinge, V. 17-22 hinsichtlich der Gottlosen, V. 23-26 im Blick auf sein eigenes Verhaltnis zu Gott l • E.
TV (four times), lT:::l~ (three times); on the other hand, by singular-dual augmentation of cni and i1~i'i: "TV 'i',n' NY~' N'i1 i:::lJ TVNi' c'n~Mi CMi NiC'C' C'lT:::lY "TV C'lT:::l~ "TV c'n~i'i lT:::lY i1~i'i "TV 'iN'Y' 2+ O. " G. Gerleman, "The Song of Deborah", 173, describes it as follows: "A concJuding, and extremely effective contrast completes the poem; namely, the grandiose description of two women: on one hand the simple woman in the tent, the brave Jael who kills the hostile leader; on the other the princess in the palace, the anxious mother, who worries about her son".