Interpretive crossroads in parallel lines: Charting the complexity of antithetical parallelism in Proverbs 10–22

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Abstract

The antithetical parallelisms in Proverbs 10–22 open the sayings up to multiple possible interpretations. This article tracks four interpretive crossroads that readers confront:Is the proverb “parallel or consecutive”? Is it “balanced or imbalanced”? Should any imbalance be “emphasized or levelled”? How should any levelling take place? The essay analyzes why one interpretive path might be taken or another, and it demonstrates the complexity of this smallest poetic unit.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHebrew Bible and Ancient Israel
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 18 May 2021

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