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!!Metathesis in the Hebrew Bible
!Wordplay as a Literary and Exegetical Device
__A new publication by [Professor Isaac Kalimi|Member/Kalimi_Isaac], member of the [Philosophy, theology and religious studies|Acad_Main/Sections/Philosophy_theology_and_religious_studies] of Academia Europaea. Professor Dr. Isaac Kalimi is the worldwide leading biblical scholar, historian and Judaist. He has published numerous books and articles in English, German, Hebrew and Polish.__
!About the Book

Why did the biblical writers choose the specific words they did? The book by Isaac Kalimi investigates
this question by exploring the use of literary-stylistic metathesis in the Hebrew Bible.
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Metathesis in the Hebrew Bible first discusses the related phenomena of linguistic metathesis, in which letters
or sounds are unintentionally inverted during the historical development of a language, and textual metathesis,
in which the letters of a word are accidentally inverted during the transmission of a text. The discussion
then moves on to the widespread use of literary-stylistic metathesis in the Hebrew Bible, in which two
or more words that use the same letters in opposite orders are deliberately juxtaposed within a sentence.
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The book also demonstrates that literary metathesis is not limited to the Hebrew Bible but that it also appears
in post-biblical Jewish Hebrew compositions, such as The Wisdom of Ben Sira and the rabbinic literature.
This leads to the conclusion that the use of this literary tool by the rabbis in the midrashic literature is
not a late, artificial approach to Scripture but rather one that has deep roots in the biblical texts themselves
and that continued to develop in the writings of the Second Temple period and in later Jewish writings.
!About the author

Isaac Kalimi (Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) is Gutenberg-Research University-Professor in Hebrew
Bible/Old Testament Studies and Ancient Israelite History, and Fellow of the Gutenberg Forschungskolleg at
Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Foreign Member of the Belgian Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences,
and Honorary Member of the Scandinavian Society for Iranian Studies. He has published numerous books and
articles in biblical studies, ancient Israelite history and historiography, and rabbinic literature and thought.
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__Publisher:__ Hendrickson Publishers    \\
__ISBN number:__ 978-1-68307-179-2 \\
__Year of publication:__ 2018