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This chapter presents improved and updated, version of the methodology about the canto structures of the Psalms. It discusses five mutually complementary lines of approaches: description of the logical division of the subject matter; registering of transition markers; recording of verbal repetitions; description of quantitative structural aspects; and survey of various divisions. This approach establishes the rhetoric of an individual composition in terms of cantos, canticles and strophes, and finally to systematically describe the major rhetorical aspects of the overall design of classical Hebrew poetry. A canto is composed of a series of two or more strophes, poetic units mostly consisting of only two or three verselines. On the level of the strophes, sections of mostly two or three verselines, there is a special group of words and grammatical forms which mark the turning points between these poetic units.

Keywords: canticles; cantos; classical Hebrew poetry; methodology; Psalms; strophes



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