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3 Thematic Elements

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Every single one of the poems in the book incorporates one or more combinations (or content patterns) of the thematic elements that include: Praise of God; The Holiness of the Sabbath Day; The Covenant and the People of Israel; Moses, Mount Sinai, and the Giving of the Torah; Destruction and Rebuilding of Jerusalem and Temple; Suffering of Israel in Exile; The Others: Christians and Muslims; Penitential Themes; and Longing for the Realization of Deliverance. In addition to poems calling for the destruction of enemies and the transformation of Israel's present exile into deliverance, other liturgical poems plead for purification and repentance as the primary means by which to procure atonement for one's sins and, ultimately, deliverance. This is probably the most essential thematic element in Darʿī collection of liturgical poems on the pārāshōt, which contains numerous pleas for Israel's deliverance from exile.

Keywords: collective-national exile; Israel; Jerusalem; liturgical poems; Moses ben Abraham Darʿī; pārāshōt; penitential themes; temple; thematic elements



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