Sweeter Than Honey, Richer Than Gold: A Guided Study of Biblical Poetry

Sweeter Than Honey, Richer Than Gold: A Guided Study of Biblical Poetry

by Leland Dr. Ryken

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This is the second of a projected six-volume series called Reading the Bible as Literature (the first volume being How Bible Stories Work). An expert at exploring the intersection of the Bible and literature, Ryken shows pastors and students and teachers of the Bible how to appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty of biblical poetry and how to interpret it correctly. Dr. Ryken goes one step further than merely explaining the genre of poetry—he includes exercises to help students master this rich literary treasure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683591542
Publisher: Lexham Press
Publication date: 03/06/2019
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Leland Ryken (Ph.D., University of Oregon) is Professor of English Emeritus at Wheaton College, where he has taught since 1968. He is the author of more than 30 books, including How to Read the Bible as Literature (Zondervan), Words of Delight: A Literary Introduction to the Bible (Baker), Windows to the World: Literature in Christian Perspective (Wipf & Stock), Effective Bible Teaching (Baker), A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible (Crossway), and co-editor of Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (IVP).

Table of Contents

Series Preface 7

Introduction: What Is Biblical Poetry? And Why It Is Good for You 11

Part 1 The Language Poets Use

1 First Things First: The Primacy of the Image 21

2 How Is A Like B? The Use of Metaphor and Simile 35

3 Make-Believe: Poetry and the Nonliteral 49

4 Artistic Beauty: The Parallelism of Biblical Poetry 69

Part 2 The Composition of Biblical Poems

5 What We Need to Know about Biblical Poems 81

6 Putting All the Pieces Together: How to Explicate a Biblical Poem 103

7 What Are the Main Types of Psalms? 117

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