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An Early SelfJewish Belonging in Romance Literature, 1499-1627$
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Susanne Zepp

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804787451

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804787451.001.0001

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Sacred Text and Poetic Form

Sacred Text and Poetic Form

The Poetry of João Pinto Delgado (1627)

(p.117) Five Sacred Text and Poetic Form
An Early Self

Susanne Zepp

, Insa Kummer
Stanford University Press

The fifth chapter of text analysis examines the main work of João Pinto Delgado, the Poema de la Reyna Ester, Lamentaciones del Propheta Ieremias e Historia de Rut, published in Rouen in 1627 and dedicated to Cardinal Richelieu. In three subsections, this chapter analyzes the transformation of the three biblical stories of Esther, Ruth, and Jeremiah into poetic form. The tension inherent in these texts is described as the contrast between an “augmenting”, typological, Christian concept of history and a paradigmatic-serial, virtually recursive concept of history as it is common in the Jewish tradition with its still open messianism. Regardless of its relatively traditional character, Pinto Delgado’s text on an abstract level thus conceives a basic figure of modernity: the figure of competing interpretations of temporality.

Keywords:   Biblical literature, Typological interpretation, Jewish identity

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