HEB 374 • ART OF BIBLICAL POETRY
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
The objective of this course is to acquaint the students with the beauty and special features of Biblical poetry - from the literary as well as the linguistic points of view, and acquaint the students with the structures, rhythms, and inner music of biblical poetry. Readings in the original Hebrew will include samples from the following: the Song of Lamech (Genesis 4), the Blessings of Jacob (Genesis 49), the Song of the Sea (or: the Song of Moses) (Exodus 15), the Parables of Balaam (Numbers 23-24), the Poem of "Ha'azinu" (Listen O Heavens) (Deuteronomy 32), he Blessings of Moses (Deut. 33), the Song of Deborah (Judges 5), the Prayer of Hannah (First Samuel 2), the Lamentation of David over Saul and Jonathan (Second Samuel 1), the Song of David Upon Delivery from the Hand of Saul (Second Samuel 22), Isaiah's Message to King Hezekiah re King Seenacherib (Second Kings 19), selected samples from Prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and the "minor prophets," and selections from Psalms, Job, etc. Texts will be read in Hebrew and discussed in English.
Undergraduates: Grades will be based on class participation (20%), regular assignments (20%), oral class reports (20%), and a 10-15 page final paper (40%). Graduates: Grades will be based on class participation (20%), regular assignments (20%), oral class reports (20%), and a 20-30 page final paper (40%).
1. JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh or a complete Hebrew Bible (any edition). 2. B. Davidson: The Analytical Hebrew Chaldee Lexicon 3. Gesenius Lexicon