From Distance to Proximity: A Poetic Function of Enallage in the Hebrew Bible and the Book of Mormon


From Distance to Proximity: A Poetic Function of Enallage in the Hebrew Bible and the Book of Mormon

TitleFrom Distance to Proximity: A Poetic Function of Enallage in the Hebrew Bible and the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsBokovoy, David E.
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Volume9
Issue1
Pagination60-63, 79-80
KeywordsEnallage; Grammar; Hebrew; Language; Poetic; Poetry; Structure
Abstract

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.

URLhttp://publications.mi.byu.edu/publications/jbms/9/1/S00013-50be444baa43e13Bokovoy.pdf