బైబిలు కవితా శైలి The Art of Biblical Poetry


We have been learning how to read biblical narrative and showing how the Bible is one unified story. But 30 percent of the Bible is made up of ancient poetry. I don’t know about you, but I don’t read a lot of stories where one out of three pages is some kind of poem. Yet poetry is everywhere in the Bible. Some biblical books are entirely poetry. Most of the Hebrew prophets wrote masterful poems. And the majority of God’s speech in the Bible is represented as poetry. It is also very common in biblical narrative for the story
to pause while a character breaks out in poetic song. Like in the Exodus story. There is a narrative about Moses leading the Israelites through the waters of the sea. That is followed by a beautiful poem
about the very same thing. Why a story and a poem? Wouldn’t one version suffice? Well, poetry has a different purpose than stories. Instead of describing the difference,
let’s just experience it. Okay. So, one part of the story goes like this: “The waters were divided and the
Israelites went through on dry land, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.” That seems pretty clear. Right. Now the poem telling the same event. “Oh, Lord, by the blast of your nostrils,
the waters piled up. “Surging waters stood like a wall. “Deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.” Whoa! A wall of surging water like jello? Divine nostrils? This is intense. Yeah, the poem ignites your imagination through the experience of verbal art. Biblical poets did this with a specific set of tools. That is what we are going to look at: The Art of Biblical Poetry. The basic unit of any poem is the line. Then, many lines are designed together to make a poem. Okay, I am used to this kind of poem. There is a meter, cadence. Bum-bum-bum BUM Bum-bum-bum BUM And, there is rhyme. But, poems in the Bible don’t work like this. Yeah, biblical poems are what you could call “free verse”. They don’t use meter like some traditions of poetry do. And, they don’t use rhyme in the same way, either. So, biblical poems have no order to them? No, they just have a different kind of order. Biblical poems are most basically
structured by couplets, two short lines that are carefully
worded and placed beside each other. The first line makes the basic statement. Then, the second line develops it in some way. It can do this by completing the thought, or deepening it with different words or images. or by contrasting it in some way. So, check out the opening of Psalm 51. You can see it in action. In the first couplet, the poet asks God to show grace and love. But, how exactly? In the second line, he requests forgiveness for his failures. Okay, so this couplet is finishing one complete thought. Right. And then the next couplet opens with
“washing” as a metaphor. Then the second line offers a more vivid image, that of a priest in the temple purifying things
so they can be in God’s presence. Okay, so taking an image and deepening it.Right, and then this third couplet opens with the poet’s awareness of his sin, deep inside. That is followed by a description of the sin being outside. It is like it is in public, visible to themselves and other people. So this couplet takes an idea and contrasts it. Exactly. So, couplets by nature are a bit repetitive. But the repetitive language forces you to slow down
and linger over the feeling and meaning of it all, looking at each idea from more than one angle. Then, groups of couplets can come
together around one key idea.. It is like a diamond with many facets, each line offering a different glimpse
into the same core reality. So, this poem is exploring what it is like to be forgiven,
offered a second chance. That is the kind of experience that can change a person. It is worth savoring and pondering. Now, biblical poets also use
repetition on the larger scale. In many poems, you will find a key line
that is repeated multiple times. That is called a “refrain”. Or, they will open and close the poem
with a similar couplet. That is called an “inclusio”. So, biblical poets love design. Oh, yeah, these are works of verbal artistry. These poets use repetition to create all kinds
of elaborate patterns that invite the reader to make connections between different parts of the whole poem that open up even deeper layers of meaning. Cool. So, I am feeling at home with ancient Hebrew poetry. But remember, poetry isn’t something
you master and then move on. Biblical poems are a bottomless well. They are packed with a surplus of meaning for those who are willing to slow
down and ponder them. And, they are trying to pull my mind in new directions
and discover new ideas. Exactly. There is even one more tool that biblical poets
have to do that very thing and that is what we will look at in the next video.

4 thoughts on “బైబిలు కవితా శైలి The Art of Biblical Poetry

  1. ✝🌼🔔📕💖🍄🌻💖🌟🕒❤💖👏🌼🌹🔔 💖Praise 💖the💖 lord💖🌷💐🌸🌻✝💖💖🌺🎁🌸🌺🌼🥀🌹🎋💐🍃🌳🌿🌻💐🌷🍄🌻🍇⛪📕🌻💐🍇🌼🌳🎊another good video from equipper s team…..

  2. మీరు చెప్పడం వివరించడం బావుంది కానీ కంటికి కనబడుతున్న బైబిల్ వాక్యాన్ని మీరు, కధలు అనడం బాగోలేదు .బైబిల్ చరిత్ర సృష్టించిన దేవుని వాక్యం గనుక కల్పతలు కాదు కదా కాబట్టి కధలు అనడం మానేయండి. చరిత్ర అని చెప్పండి.👍😘😑😊🙏

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