A. Concept and ancient foundations
B. is not a literary genre, but a term covering a broad spectrum of texts presenting biblical and Bible-related material in verse [15.134]. Although the distinction with carmina sacra in the wider sense (e.g. hymns) is blurred, particularly since the latter often take up biblical motifs, the focus of the present article is on works that present canonical episodes from the Bible in poetic forms inherited from Antiquity.
In its confrontation with pagan literature and cultural traditions, Christian Late Antiquity produced a plethora…
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Huber-Rebenich, Gerlinde (Bern),
“Biblical poetry”, in:
Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism
, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014).
Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004808>
First published online: 2015