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Monday, January 9, 2023 to Thursday, April 6, 2023
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Course will offer a broad selection of biblical poetic texts of different genres and time periods, in order to familiarize students with the distinctive features of Hebrew poetry: both its conventional literary constraints and its artistic range. A survey of scholarly attempts to define the “poetic” in Hebrew verse, ancient comparative non-biblical poetic traditions, textual/philological issues, poetic themes. Prerequisite: three semesters of Biblical Hebrew. Evaluation: weekly preparation of assigned texts, class participation, readings, mid-term quiz, final exam.
Three previous semesters of Hebrew (or equivalent), or permission from the instructor.