Biblical and Theological Studies Faculty Publications

Title

Hebrew Acrostic Poems and Their Vocabulary Stock

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Journal Title

Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages

Volume

36

Issue

2

First Page

95

Last Page

108

Abstract

The present article offers a survey and exposition of the acrostic poems in the Hebrew Bible. It also draws attention to the limited vocabulary stock within these poems for the representation of the letters of the alphabet. Current explanations of the purpose for the Hebrew acrostic poem in antiquity do not account for this phenomenon.

Keywords

Hebrew, acrostic poems, Biblical studies