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Klank-inhoud-chiasme in die Macalōt-Psalms (Ps 120-134)

H. Viviers

Verbum et Ecclesia; Skrif en Kerk: Vol 13, No 1 (1992), 65-79. doi: 10.4102/ve.v13i1.1048

Submitted: 18 July 1992
Published:  18 July 1992


Semantic-sonant chiasmus in the macalōt-psalms (Ps 120-134)
Semantic-sonant-chiasmus forms part of the variety of chiastical patterns in classical Hebrew poetry. Although not well-known it is an acknowledged poetical technique. The interesting combination of semantics and phonology simultaneously prevents monotonous repetition in a poem. At the same time it helps to create structural and semantical cohesion in a poem. In each macalōt-psalm it links adjacent components and subtly emphasizes theme(s). It also plays an important role in the macalōt-collection as a whole. Together with and in combination with other poetical techniques, it reiterates the literary unity of the collection.

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