Vance, Donald R.
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.2001 0-7734-7574-5
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.