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From Distance to Proximity: A Poetic Function of Enallage in the Hebrew Bible and the Book of Mormon
|Title||From Distance to Proximity: A Poetic Function of Enallage in the Hebrew Bible and the Book of Mormon|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2000|
|Authors||Bokovoy, David E.|
|Journal||Journal of Book of Mormon Studies|
|Keywords||Enallage; Grammar; Language; Language - Hebrew; Poetic; Poetry; Structure|
This essay analyzes examples of poetry in the Hebrew Bible and the Book of Mormon that do not conform to the standards to which prose is typically confined. Each of these poems contains a syntactic device that scholars have come to identify by the term enallage (Greek for “interchange”). Rather than being a case of textual corruption or blatant error, the grammatical variance attested in these passages provides a poetic articulation of a progression from distance to proximity.
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