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This chapter presents five mutually complementary lines of approach: the description of the logical division of the subject matter; the registering of transition markers; the recording of verbal repetitions; the description of quantitative structural aspects; and survey of various divisions. It deals with some sort of parallelism that goes beyond the parallelism between the successive cola of a Hebrew verseline, the parallelismus membrorum or the internal parallelism. The five stages of analysis essentially determine the rhetorical framework detect in the individual poems. The chapter defines the leading idea, or quintessential thought of each poem in relation to its rhetorical framework. For a clear understanding of the macrostructure and the colometric divisions that the author advocates, the transliterated text of each individual psalm precedes its analysis. The layout of the texts serves to clarify the structure of the poems as much as possible and advisable.

Keywords: Hebrew poem; logical division; transition markers; verbal repetitions



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