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Bibil Identifier bibil:224625
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Two of a Kind: Twin Language in the Hebrew Bible
Author Vermeulen, Karolien
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 37, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 135-150 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article seeks to understand the relation between form and content of biblical passages, focusing especially on the word ‭םימאות‬, ‘twins’. First, the six attestations of the word occur in pairs in the books of Genesis, Exodus and the Song of Songs. Second, they are highlighted through linguistic devices that in themselves have affinity with duality: geminates, alliteration and (numerical) paronomasia. Moreover, the number ‘two’ occurs in all texts and is evoked through the use of its homophone ‭ינש‬, ‘scarlet’, and through duplication of words. Thus, it is suggested that the language of biblical passages including the ‘twin’ word exteriorizes and emphasizes the twin concept by means of devices that mimic the twinning formally.
DOI 10.1177/0309089212466470
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures
Terms תָאוֹם תאום תאם
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