[B-Greek] Psalms and Greek poetry
abuian at access4less.net
Fri Feb 11 21:29:02 EST 2005
Albert Pietersma wrote:
> You seem to have answered your own question. Since Hebrew poetry differs
> from Hebrew prose and since Septuagint translations are typically formal
> correspondence/equivalence translations, features of Hebrew poetry are
> often carried over in to Greek. BUT THAT DOES NOT MAKE GREEK POETRY,
> for that matter do such literary devices as assonance and alliteration,
> EVEN WHEN THESE APPEAR IN THE GREEK TEXT WITHOUT WARRANT IN THE SOURCE
> TEXT. One should bear in mind, however, that the Hellenistic culture was
> still very much an oral culture in which to be it remained an ideal to
> be regarded "a doer of deeds and A SPEAKER OF WORDS." Recall the role of
> rhetoric from the classical period onward. No great surprise then that
> even translationese partakes at times of the literary features.
> But since the question was about Greek POETRY and not about Greek
> literary style in general the answer to your initial question remains,
> No—not in my view.
Thanks. I see your point.
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