Vance, Donald R. Books

About the author: Donald R. Vance is Assistant Professor of Biblical Languages and Literature at Oral Roberts University. After studying at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem, and at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, he earned a PhD from the Joint Doctoral Program of the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology.

Question of Meter in Biblical Hebrew Poetry
2001 0-7734-7574-5
This study provides three important contributions to the study of biblical Hebrew poetry: first, it surveys scholars of non-biblical, metrical poetry to ascertain how meter is defined in the field of literary criticism; second, it categorizes and critiques all significant proposals regarding meter in biblical Hebrew poetry from the time of Philo to the present; finally, it tests the most viable of the proposals against a large sample of poetic texts from the Hebrew Bible. The author generates statistical profiles for the texs and compares them with similar profiles from two categories of control data: metrical poetic texts from outside the biblical Hebrew tradition (Shakespearean sonnets, Beowulf, and four Japanese haiku) and prose texts from within the Hebrew Bible. The study not only demonstrates that meter properly understood does not exist in biblical Hebrew poetry, but also provides scholars with a valuable introduction to the study of meter and a comprehensive reference source for all the theories of meter that biblical scholars have previously set forth.