Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Word of the Day: Alphabetic Psalms

Fr Hardon is not quite correct when he says 'This feature is not discernible in vernacular translations....' Msgr Knox translated the Alphabetic Psalms alphabetically, as can been seen here, Psalm 118.
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ALPHABETIC PSALMS. So called because their verses, in sequence or in parallel series, begin with the successive letters of the alphabet. The best known is Psalm 118, which begins each of its twenty-two stanzas (each of eight verses) with a succeeding letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The Lamentations of Jeremiah are another example of alphabetic arrangement in Hebrew poetry. This feature is not discernible in vernacular translations except that the Hebrew letter name precedes each verse. 

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