Reading Prophetic Poetry

Parallelism, Voice, and Design

By Barbara Bakke Kaiser

Reading Prophetic Poetry

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  • ISBN: 9781532662911
  • Pages: 266
  • Publication Date: 10/8/2019
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Reading Prophetic Poetry

Parallelism, Voice, and Design

By Barbara Bakke Kaiser

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  • ISBN: 9781532662911
  • Pages: 266
  • Publication Date: 10/8/2019
  • Retail Price: $32.00
Web Price: $25.60
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This volume seeks to guide students in religious or literary studies or other interested readers toward understanding and appreciation of biblical prophetic poetry. Each of the three sections of the book includes a chapter examining one of the literary features with brief examples from prophetic texts, followed by another chapter of applied criticism of a full prophetic poem (Joel 2 on parallelism, Jeremiah 4 on voice, and Isaiah 24 on design). Among the distinct features of the book are diagrams of parallel lines, promoting two-dimensional, “binocular” reading of the poems.

Of all the literature of the Bible, prophetic poetry has probably been least accessible to the modern reader. Language is dense, images are obscure, and logical development of ideas seems almost inaccessible. Reading Prophetic Poetry seeks to help readers appreciate the luminous beauty of the language and the austere power and surprising relevance of the ideas in these relatively obscure biblical texts. It introduces an accessible approach to prophetic poetry which invites readers to turn to the biblical texts on their own with new ideas for appreciating the riches of these ancient poems.

Contributors-

Barbara Bakke Kaiser

Bio(s)-

Barbara Bakke Kaiser is Professor Emerita of Religion at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. She frequently leads adult education classes at Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Episcopal churches in southern Ohio.

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