Word-Order Variation in Biblical Hebrew Poetry
Differentiating Progmatics and Poetics
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
"'Till recently the importance of word order in biblical Hebrew has been largely ignored by grammarians and commentators. This work advances our understanding of Hebrew poetry significantly. It is lucid and thorough. Every interpreter of the Psalms and other poetic sections of the Old Testament will find it an invaluable resource."
--Gordon Wenham, Trinity College, Bristol
"Nick Lunn has given us an entirely new perspective on biblical Hebrew poetry. His book is altogether ground breaking, erudite and thorough; it will become the starting point for future scholarly discussion on the subject."
--Jean-Marc Heimerdinger, London School of Theology
"This work of Nick Lunn makes an important contribution to our understanding of the syntax of biblical Hebrew poetic language. Developing methodologies that have been applied to the syntax of biblical Hebrew prose, he reveals in detail the structural and functional differences in syntax between prose and poetry. He has discovered several syntactic patterns in poetry that have not been recognized by previous researchers in the field and explained why they occur. This volume should be read by all interested in the biblical Hebrew language."
--Geoffrey Khan, Professor of Semitic Philology, University of Cambridge
"Dr. Dunn has tackled a fascinating issue, the significance of non-canonical word order in Hebrew poetry, and he has tackled it with enthusiasm, matched by academic rigour. This is, admittedly, a book for the specialist, but the specialist will revel in its clarity, its caution, its scholarship and its conclusions. Future work on the significance of Hebrew word order, or on such concepts as defamiliarisation, focus and parallelism, will certainly have to take this outstanding work into account."
--Peter Cotterell, Former Principal, London School of Theology