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"Tell me, o muse"; the Song of Deborah (Judges 5) in the light of heroic poetry.


"Tell me, o muse"; the Song of Deborah (Judges 5) in the light of heroic poetry.

Echols, Charles L.

T&T Clark


241 pages



Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies; 487


The Song clearly praises Yahweh, the Israelites, and Jael for defeating the Sisera and the Canaanite forces, but nearly everything else about it remains disputed, says Echols. He focuses here on its genre, though he does consider how establishing a genre might clear up some others issues, such as purpose, authorship, and so on. He argues that it has been reworked from an original heroic victory song. The poet realizes the decisive role Yahweh played by intervening through the natural elements, he says, but deliberately obfuscates his role in order to keep the human characters in the forefront and praise them for their heroic deeds. He submitted an earlier version of the study to the University of Cambridge in 2005 as his Ph.D. dissertation. T&T Clark is an imprint of Continuum.

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