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A Third Dew Shiv‘Ata By Eleazar Be-Rabbi Qillir

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Each one of the two opening strophes apparently employed three letters of the acrostic, and it is consequently noteworthy that beginning with the third strophe the paytan allots four acrostic letters to each strophe. A related problem-that of the statutory formulation of the fourth benediction of the &s;amidah is being addressed in this chapter. It is already seen that such an assumption with regard to the structure of the shiv 'ata as it appeared in the copyist's source enables to explain the distribution of the words of its framing verse as well as the absence of the paytan's signature in the strophes that have survived. Each one of the four words begins with one letter of an acrostic. The three compositions are the ones attested in the Qillirian corpus in which lines are terminally or near-terminally complex from the point of view of internal sound-organization participating in girdle-type rhyme patterning.

Keywords: 'amidah; acrostic; Eleazar Be-Rabbi Qillir; fourth benediction; paytan; Qillirian corpus; Shiv'ata; strophes; Third Dew



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