By Joze Krasovec
This learn of antithesis in biblical poetry arose out of the author’s past paintings on merism in his 1977 doctoral dissertation. the current paintings seeks to target the phenomenon of antithesis in keeping with se, and to check its function in consultant examples of assorted biblical genres: “epic,” “psalmic,” “prophetic,” and “didactic” literature. It concludes with an inventory of cases of antithesis within the Hebrew Bible and an test at large categorization, in addition to a few hypothesis concerning the beginning of the elemental kinds of antithesis.
No doubt via its try and concentration realization at the particular phenomenon of antithesis and its meeting of definitions and examples, this research could be of curiosity to a couple scholars of biblical kind. regrettably, notwithstanding, it's open to feedback on numerous issues. firstly, its very topic: why “antithesis”? The worthiness of this type for drawing close Hebrew type isn't puzzled by way of this research, yet in basic terms assumed, might be simply because antithesis has been this kind of well-known function 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 perhaps higher be approached within the context of broader features of biblical type, maybe even less than another rubric, isn't really one among 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 known as via different names (“merism,” for example). but no longer all such makes an attempt at isolation and concentration are inevitably priceless, and as a consequence 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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M. D. Coogan, "A Structural and Literary Analysis of the Song of Deborah" ,CBQ 42 (1980) 147 n. 24, decides after sorne others as follows: "Vocalize lafw,mü". Several other interpreters see in the phrase a more fundamental difficulty, and in the last two decades sorne new suggestions were elaborated. D. R. Hillers, "A Note onJudges 5,8a", CBQ27 (1965) 124, proposes for 8a: "They chose new gods; indeed they desired demons". Similarly K. J. Cathcart, "The 'Demons' in Judges 5:8a", BZ, NF 21 (1977) 112, relating to Akkadian labmu-demon: "They chose new gods 1 indeed labmu-demons of the gates" .
There are some other attempts worth mentioning that divide the Song into units, thereby coming quite close to the actual matter. The best one is the short explanation of division by O. ; Tübingen: J. C. B. Mohr, 1964) 134-35, into the following units: 2-3; 4-5; 6-8; 9-15a; 15b-17; 18; 19-22; 23; 24-27; 28-30; 31. J. Gray, Joshua, Judges and Ruth (New Century Bible; LondonlEdinburgh: Nelson, 1967) shows the following division: 2-3; 4-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12; 13-18; 19-22; 23; 24; 25-27; 28-30; 31. 9 Such a division is not of much significance for this present study.
Nic. H. Ridderbos treats the contrast in two sections: "Allgemeines" (§ 24), "Erscheinungsformen der Stilfigur des Gegensatzes" (§ 25). The first section emphasizes the sentence: "Wahrscheinlich war der Israelit für die Wirkung des Gegensatzes besonders empfcinglich" (53). In the second section he touches upon sorne antithetic ex amples in the book of Psalms and provides a fairly complete list of antithetic units in that book (55-56). Although M. Weiss does not discuss antithesis directly and systematically, he actually does provide sorne valuable insights in his detailed analysis of the antithetic Psalm 1 in comparison with Jer 17,5-8.
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