Ancient Hebrew and Ugaritic Poetry and Modern Linguistic Tools: An Interdisciplinary Study

Silviu Tatu


This article introduces the reader to the issue of verbal sequence in the poetry of the Hebrew Bible, a topic that was studied in depth as a doctoral dissertation. After noticing the peculiarities of the poetic discourse, it surveys the solutions offered to this crux interpretum to date, but concludes that these solutions are insufficient. Several limitations of such a study are assumed from the outset. We confine ourselves to the Psalter for various reasons given below. Terminologically, we resist the temptation of modern terminology by making use of terms that are as neutral as possible. Methodologically, we employ Systemic Functional Grammar to describe the grammatical incidents wherein verbs are included. Lastly, the paper concludes with an overview of the potential contributions of such a study.


Classical Hebrew poetry, Ugaritic poetry, verbal sequence, Hebrew Psalter, modern linguistics, Biblical studies, doctoral dissertation

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