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Biblical poetry
(1,645 words)

[German version]

I. Greek

Biblical poetry (BP) started with the early church poetry of hymns and psalms that were part of devotional service. Extensive biblical quotations or poetic paraphrases mark the origin of BP. Then as later, it is impossible to separate literary from liturgical poetry. Thus the heirmós (εἱρμός) Χριστὸς γεννᾶται, for example, is taken from the beginning of a  homily of  Gregorius of Nyssa (PG 36, 312ff.). The  kontakion, developed in Constantinople around 500, marks the high point of BP. One of the leading figur…

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Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum) and Roberts, Michael (Middletown, CT), “Biblical poetry”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 06 July 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e216560>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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