Week 16: Wisdom and poetry literature
Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon
15 February 2018
- Kevin Barney, “Understanding Old Testament Poetry,” Ensign (June 1990): 51–54. We can comprehend the Old Testament better if we know how and why the Hebrew poets used repetition.
- Shon Hopkin, “The Psalm 22:16 Controversy: New Evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls,” BYU Studies 44, no. 3 (2005): 161–172. Hopkin argues that the difficult Hebrew word in Psalm 22:16 really should read “pieced,” as the King James Version renders it.
- Donald W. Parry, “Temple Worship and a Possible Reference to a Prayer Circle in Psalm 24,” BYU Studies 32, no. 4 (Fall 1992): 57–62. Parry speculates on a possible reading for Psalm 24:6 that throws light on LDS temple worship.
- Kevin Barney, “Little Less than God,” By Common Consent, last modified 26 April 2006. Barney suggests that modern translations of Psalm 8:5 actually support LDS doctrine better than the King James Version does.
- Kevin Barney, “I Know that My Redeemer Liveth,” By Common Consent, last modified 23 August 2010. Barney examines the King James Bible’s poor translation of Job 19:25–26.
- John W. Welch, “Chiasmus in Alma 36,” Charting the Book of Mormon (Provo, Utah: FARMS, 1999): 132. The Book of Mormon contains many passages in Hebrew poetical verse, especially the inverted parallel known as chiasmus. This chart reveals the complex chiastic structure of Alma chapter 36.
John Welch first identified the presence of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon while serving as a missionary in Germany in the 1960s. This brief, two-part documentary recounts his discovery.