Oral Formulaic Language in the Biblical Psalms / Robert Culley.
- Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 
- Near and Middle East series ; 4.
1 online resource (150 pages).
- Bible. Psalms -- Criticism, Form.
- Electronic books.
- In English.
- In Oral Formulaic Language in the Biblical Psalms, Robert C. Culley discusses dynamics involved in oral composition of poetry, particularly regarding Biblical poetry, including the characteristic of parallelism, both as a composition device and as a framework within which other compositional aids would be necessary for a poet "writing" orally. Formulas, together with such devices as standard word-pairs, aided poets in composing regular lines within a literary tradition whose primary characteristic was parallelism of ideas. "Poets use formulas to build lines," Culley explains; "the line and the colon, of which the line generally has two, are the most common formal divisions of Hebrew poetry to which possible formulas and formulaic phrases would conform."
1. Oral Formulaic Composition
2. The Devices and Characteristics of Oral Formulaic Composition
3. Oral Formulaic Composition and Texts
4. The Biblical Psalms and Oral Formulaic Composition
5. Formulas and Formulaic Systems
6. Distribution of the Phrases
7. The Theory in Broader Perspective
Appendix : A Survey of Field-work and Textual Studies
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 30. Jun 2017)
- Publisher Number:
- 10.3138/9781442653382 doi
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