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Title: The relevance of the te'amin to the textual criticism, delimitation and interpretation of biblical poetic texts with special reference to the Song of David at Psalm 18 and 2 Samuel 22
Author: Crowther, Daniel James
ISNI:       0000 0004 5923 0353
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis consists of two parts. Part One introduces the te'amim and the history of their study. Part Two is a study of texts and their te'amim with special reference to 2 Samuel 22 and Psalm 18. Part One Chapter One defines the te'amim in relation to the scribal and reading traditions evidenced in the masoretic manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible. Chapter Two reviews the writings of the Tiberian Masoretes concerning the te'amim. Chapter Three is a history of the study of the te'amim from the tenth century CE until the twenty-first century CEo Part Two Chapter Four analyses the differences and similarities of the two parallel texts 2 Samuel 22 and Psalm 18 with special reference to their te'amim. This analysis leads to a comparison of these two texts with other parallel poetic texts and their te'amim. The te'amim of 2 Samuel 22 and Psalm 18 are found to be a source of information concerning the development of two parallel versions of the Song of David. This information allows the te'amim of Psalm 18 and 2 Samuel 22 to be compared to all the parallel texts of the Hebrew Bible that use different types of te'amim. Chapter Five considers the relationship of the te'amim to the poetics of parallelism. The history of the study of parallelism reveals a number of divergent opinions concerning the relationship of the te'amim to parallelism. An analysis of the poetic performance of the te'amim reveals that the te'amim are expert guides to the poetics of parallelism. The study concludes, in Chapter Six, that scholarly interaction with the te'amim is an important part of the study of biblical poetic texts. The relevance of this simple conclusion is illustrated through a consideration of how such interaction could have enriched five previous studies of Ps 18 and 2 Sam 22.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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