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Biblical poetry
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1. Definition

The term “biblical poetry” covers a spectrum of varied and sometimes interfering sorts of text in verse form, which in content refer either to biblical books, episodes and materials or to parabiblical, apocryphal and legendary writings (Bible).  As a specific form of sacred poetry early modern biblical poetry initially continued late-antique and medieval traditions; after the Reformation, however, its place was increasingly, as a medium for the communication of Christian virtue, at the center of moves to s…

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Czapla, Ralf Georg, “Biblical poetry”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017577>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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