Week 16: Wisdom & poetry literature
Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon
17 February 2022
Notes and lesson materials will be posted after the class has been held.
Lesson 16 notes
Lesson 16 handout: Parallelism in Hebrew poetry
Lesson 16 slideshow (on‑screen version)
Lesson 16 slideshow (printable version)
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.
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.