The Form and Function of the Tricolon in the Psalms of Ascents
Introducing a New Paradigm for Hebrew Poetic Line-form
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"While many of the basic elements of Hebrew poetry have long been established, there remain features which have not been adequately analyzed, and intricacies and subtleties which merit further investigation. Stocks's study provides a fine example of a careful structural and colometric analysis, which provides the foundation for his proposals concerning the significance of the tricolon and his proposed 'para-tricolon.' A welcome contribution to the study of Hebrew poetry!"
--Adrian Curtis, University of Manchester
"This detailed analysis of the colometric structure of the Psalms of Ascents points to some drawbacks in previous research. To overcome these shortcomings, Stocks introduces--alongside the bicolon and the tricolon--the 'para-tricolon.' This type of verse line, he argues, is colometrically equivalent to the tricolon, but rhythmically equivalent to the bicolon. His well-balanced approach also takes into account the recent results of strophic and rhetorico-structural analysis."
--Pieter van der Lugt, author of Cantos and Strophes in Biblical Hebrew Poetry
"Stocks's careful study of the occurrences of tricola in the Psalms of Ascents greatly advances our understanding of this unusual phenomenon. Rather than simply saying 'Well, some parallelisms are just like that,' scholars of Hebrew poetry have now been given greater insight into what tricola do and how they do it. In short, this is a study that every student of Hebrew poetics should take and read."
--Jamie Grant, Highland Theological College UHI
"Stocks brings methodological rigor and clarity to this complex area, providing a means of understanding the tricolon while at the same time opening up new vistas on how the poetic line can be formed and function . . . This clear and insightful study provides us with a way forward in understanding this important area of biblical poetics."
--David G. Firth, St John's College, From the Foreword