Sweeter Than Honey, Richer Than Gold: A Guided Study of Biblical Poetry

Lexham Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781683591542
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Overview

Take a guided tour on how to interpret biblical poetry. Leland Ryken shows pastors and students and teachers of the Bible how to appreciate the artistic beauty of poetic literature. In Sweeter Than Honey, Richer Than Gold, he explores the intersection of the Bible and poetry. And he goes one step further than merely explaining the genre of poetry—he includes exercises to help students of the Bible master it.

Reading the Bible as Literature series

In the Reading the Bible as Literature series, Leland Ryken explores the intersection of the Bible and literature. In the series preface he writes, “It is my belief that a literary approach to the Bible is the common reader’s friend, in contrast to the more specialized types of scholarship on the Bible.”

Praise for the Reading the Bible as Literature series

Leland Ryken has been a pacesetter in the literary study of the Bible, especially within the evangelical community. Those of us who find this approach to Scripture especially enriching are always ready to listen when Ryken speaks. Readers who master Ryken’s principles will find the Bible open up to them in new, exciting ways.

—Robert B. Chisholm Jr., Chair and Professor of Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

Contents

  • What Is Biblical Poetry? And Why It Is Good for You
  • Part 1: The Language Poets Use
    • First Things First: The Primacy of the Image
    • How Is A Like B?: The Use of Metaphor and Simile
    • Make-Believe: Poetry and the Nonliteral
    • Artistic Beauty: The Parallelism of Biblical Poetry
  • Part 2: The Composition of Biblical Poems
    • What We Need to Know about Biblical Poems
    • Putting All the Pieces Together: How to Explicate a Biblical Poem
    • What Are the Main Types of Psalms?

Product Details

  • Title: Sweeter Than Honey, Richer Than Gold: A Guided Study of Biblical Poetry
  • Author: Leland Ryken
  • Series: Reading the Bible as Literature
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 128
  • Format: Logos Digital, Paperback
  • Trim Size: 6x9
  • ISBN: 9781683591542

About Leland Ryken

Leland Ryken (Ph.D., University of Oregon) is Professor of English Emeritus at Wheaton College, where he has taught since 1968. He is the author of more than 50 books, including How to Read the Bible as Literature, Words of Delight: A Literary Introduction to the Bible, Windows to the World: Literature in Christian Perspective, and A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible.

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