yochanan bitan ButhFam at
Mon Oct 19 06:02:24 EDT 1998

TO:     Rick Strelan, INTERNET:rick.strelan at
DATE:   10/16/98 03:02
RE:      metre

doesn't seem that many have engaged your metre question--

see commentaries on hebrews for discusssions of pleasing cadences in NT. i
remember moffat ICC making a point of it. 

for poetry in the gospels, greek metre is least relevant. 
comparisons with hebrew, psalms, DSS, and all three in greek dress would be
the place to begin. i have a footnote on lack of greek metre in the
magnificat, in JSNT 1984 21:67-83 "Hebrew Poetic Tenses and the
Magnificat", reprinted in NT text and Language, Evans and Porter, ed.,

randall buth 

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