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Bibil Identifier bibil:203613
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Complex Antiphony in David's Lament and Its Literary Significance
Author Amzallag, Nissim
Author Avriel, Mikhal
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 60, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 1-14 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The chiasma structure of David's Lament (2 Sam 1:19-27), together with evidences of antiphonal performance of qinot in Israel, suggests that this dirge was performed antiphonally by two voices, the first (sense voice) singing all the verses in ascending order and the second (the antisense voice) responding by singing them in descending order. It is shown here that the matching of verses according to this setting (defined as cross-responsa) generates both complementary claims typical to antiphony, and new 'composite meanings' providing a new dimension to the poem as a whole. Since these features are difficultly fortuitous, it is concluded that the David's lament was conceived to be performed antiphonally as a cross-responsa. This analysis reveals the existence of a complex but ignored dimension of ars poetica in ancient Israel.
DOI 10.1163/004249310X12609401262158
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : David
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Chiasm
Pericopes 2 Samuel 1,19-1,27
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