Vertical Grammar of Parallelism in Biblical Hebrew

David Toshio Tsumura


Series: Ancient Israel and Its LiteratureVolume: 47
Publisher: SBL PressPublication Date: 2023 ISBN: N/A


An essential resource for sound exegesis of biblical poetry

While previous books on parallelism have focused almost exclusively on semantic classification, in his new book David Toshio Tsumura focuses on the grammatical and phonetic aspects as well. In particular, he defines and illustrates the vertical grammatical relationship between parallel lines. Readers will master how to read Biblical Hebrew poetry effectively by focusing on the basic linguistic features of word order, parallelistic structure, and rhetorical devices. For the benefit of nonspecialists, all Hebrew poems are given in accessible transliteration. This book is an indispensable companion to the Hebrew Bible for both beginners and experienced scholars.

David Toshio Tsumura is Professor Emeritus of Japan Bible Seminary and currently the head of the Tokyo Institute of Biblical Studies. He is the author of the commentaries The First Book of Samuel (2007) and The Second Book of Samuel (2019) as well as the editor-in-chief for the Japanese Bible translation Shinkaiyaku (2017).


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Ancient Israel and Its Literature