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Literary Structure of the Old Testament

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#1 Dan Masshardt

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 03:24 PM

This is probably not a widely popular book, but one that I find helpful. It would be a great reference to have open in a workspace while studying an Old Testament passage.

The Literary Structure of the Old Testament by David Dorsey. Published by Baker.

Does anybody else use this book?

#2 Ingo Sorke

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:42 PM

Love it. While most scholars scoff at the idea of chiastic structures, I think the case can be made that they do reveal at least some meaning of the text. I've often thought it would be intriguing to publish a Bible based on such structural concepts. Some chiasms are far fetched, some appear subjective, and not everybody would agree on everything of course, but still a worthwhile project IMHO.

Furthermore, it would be interesting to see to what extend language is quantifiable (predictable) by utilizing Accordance's search capabilities to trace chiastic patterns, as in Word A, Word B - Word A', Word B' (C', D' if present) within a range and relegate the task of detecting objectively verifiable parallelisms on the linguistic level to the software. This might even betray a measure of authorial intent.

Caveat emptor: I'm waiting for Snow Leopard to jump on the Mac bandwagon, so I wouldn't be much help in this regard till later.


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#3 Timothy Jenney

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 11:14 AM

I've often thought it would be great to have a Bible coded with the various genres in which a passage is written: prophetic oracle, historical narrative, enthronement psalm, miracle story, fable, proverb, etc. The reason is that most of us recognize that exegesis works differently in some of these literary forms.
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Posted 02 March 2009 - 10:47 AM

Second. To see Dorsey's outlines in parallel with the text would be helpful.

#5 Abram K-J

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 02:03 PM

Dorsey's work is probably my favorite single volume book on the OT. (He recently passed, may he RIP!)


I own a hard copy, but would gladly pay to have it in Accordance. It has recently made it to Logos, FWIW, though I'd rather have it in Accordance.

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