Acrostics and Metrics in Hebrew Poetry

  title={Acrostics and Metrics in Hebrew Poetry},
  author={David Noel Freedman},
  journal={Harvard Theological Review},
  pages={367 - 392}
  • D. N. Freedman
  • Published 1 July 1972
  • Linguistics
  • Harvard Theological Review
In his search for the key to Hebrew metrics, George Buchanan Gray devoted considerable attention to the acrostic poems of the Old Testament. Since they are by no means typical of Hebrew poetry generally, it may be doubted whether they provide a suitable base on which to formulate principles governing the nature of the metrical systems employed by the biblical poets. Furthermore, the fact that acrostic poems have a rather rigid structure may have encouraged greater independence on the part of… 
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