Nov 12, 2018

Robert Lowth and Poetry in the Prophets

I knew of Robert Lowth's contributions to the understanding of Hebrew poetry and parallelism. But I did not realize that he was one of the first (if not the first) to suggest that much of the prophetic books were poetic. For example, according to Jack Lundbom, "Lowth estimated about half of Jeremiah—at the beginning and the end—was poetry" (Jack R. Lundbom,  Writing Jeremiah: The Prophet and the Book [Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2013], 119).

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