• Through the Kaleidoscope of Literary Imagery in Exodus 15: Poetics and Historiography in Service to Religious Exuberance

    Author(s):
    Pamela Barmash (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Biblical Studies, Hebrew Bible / Old Testament
    Subject(s):
    Biblical poetry, Ancient Israelite religion
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/p35e-wr74
    Abstract:
    Exodus 15, the Song at the Sea, appears to be triggered by the divine victory over the Egyptians at the Sea, but the poet draws on other literary images of destruction, images that are incompatible, in order to express exuberance over divine victory. This seemingly rudimentary technique is adroitly deployed in tandem with strategies of historical shaping and poetics. Time is retarded and accelerated, events and characters are omitted or transformed, and perspective and emphasis are shifted. Reality contemporary to the poet is mirrored in the distant past. Poetic strategies of endstopping, varying line length, and staircase parallelism work in tandem to heighten emotional intensity.
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