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In this study, some questions and problems constantly came to the fore: the definition of antithesis, the question of limitation, the nature of a structural approach, the relationship between stylistic devices and fundamental belief, the historical context and the poetic imagery. In view of these basic questions a synthetic evaluation of the study under the following subdivisions: basic characteristics of individual selected texts; antithesis in the Hebrew Bible in view of a general theory of literature is carried out. First, this study presents a first survey of the situation of antithesis in the Hebrew Bible and to some extent in other ancient literatures. Second, from the survey it appears that antithesis is much more characteristic for poetry than for prose. Third, the method most adequate to the analytical task proves to be the total structural approach. The others include that every antithetic unit is in its essence an original creation.

Keywords: ancient literatures; antithesis; Hebrew; imagery

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