Psalm 22 is considered to consist of two parts, different in length, mood and style. Stylistic analysis shows three parts, almost equal in length, delineated by word repetitions, each having its separate imagery and theme. Each part relates to the other two thematically both by contrast and by parallelism, thus forming a complex trınary composition. Dynamically it reflects mood and theme of the psalm: subjective paradoxes are harmonized by socio-historical perspective. Transition from one part to another is gradual. It is indicated by the use, in transition verses, of key words which appeared in the opening verse. Such 'glıdıng' between parallel-contrasting parts homologically shows also between hemistichs of the opening verse (v. 2) of the psalm.
|Translated title of the contribution
|On the Composition and Articulation of Psalm 22
|Number of pages
|Published - 1985