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Psalm 103: Design, boundaries, and mergers

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Chapter Summary

The Psalms in Form book from 2002 intends to show the poems in their correct colometrical and strophic contours. The author wrote an earlier analysis of Psalm 103 which dealt with its structure and prosody in the third volume of his series Major Poems of the Hebrew Bible, but it is appropriate to have a closer look for certain reasons. This time the author wants to develop what is happening to the characters of the lyrical world, and also to elaborate on some details. He has checked fifty authors on their strophic divisions of the Psalms and came to the sad conclusion that 48 of them missed the point. Therefore the design of the song needs to be reconsidered. This chapter ends with a short description on boundaries and the merging of characters.

Keywords: Hebrew Bible; lyrical world; merging of characters; poem; Psalms

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