n Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages - The poetics of the Book of Obadiah

Volume 31, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0259-0131


Several recent studies in Hebrew poetry can further our understanding of the poetics of the Book of Obadiah. Chief among such works are the works of J P Fokkelman on Hebrew prosody and literary structure. These books especially help divide Obadiah into increasingly larger units of colon, verse, strophe and stanza. Obadiah's poetics exhibit a sophistication that belies its size. The book also demonstrates R Alter's observation of how prophetic poetry breaks the bonds of its own distinct time period to become almost mythic in scope. This ability is not unrelated to its role in the Jewish and Christian canons.

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