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Bibil Identifier bibil:202357
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Rhetorical Features in Talmudic Literature
Author Yona, Shamir
Journal Hebrew Union College Annual (Volume: 77)
Year (Publication) 2006
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2006
Year (Copyright) 2006
Year (Reference) 2006
Year (Second publication) 2006
Language English
Pages 67-101 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The stylistic and structural patterns in rabbinic literature have not yet received the proper treatment that has been applied to the literatures of the ancient Near East in general and biblical literature in particular. Granted, one may find here and there discussions of stylistic features and literary genres in monographs and articles deal­ing with other aspects of rabbinic literature. Frequently, the observation that a par­ticular dictum constitutes an aphorism or a poem appears in the course of a de­tailed discussion of some other aspect or aspects of a rabbinic text. Nevertheless, there has been no comprehensive discussion of the stylistic features of the rabbinic saying comparable to the discussions of the stylistic features of biblical poetry pro­duced by Avishur, Berlin, Kugel, O'Connor, Watson, and others.
The purpose of this article is to delineate the major patterns of repetition and au­ral and graphic devices that the authors of rabbinic dicta employed to give greater impact to their messages. The approach to literature known as poetics, pioneered by Hruschovski and now taken for granted in all serious studies of biblical verse and narrative, stresses the interaction of form and content to achieve especially powerful messages. The present study delineates and explicates twenty-six among the scores of stylistic and structural devices that rabbinic literature shares with the other liter­atures of the ancient Semitic world.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature
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