John Miller

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Alfred von Rohr Sauer

Scripture References in this Resource

Deuteronomy 33:3-5; 26-29; Psalm 24:6; Exodus 15:10-18; Psalm 29:1ff; Genesis 49:2-27; Deuteronomy 32:1-43; Deuteronomy 33:2-29; Numbers 23:7-10; 18-24; Numbers 24:3-9; 15-23; Psalm 68:ff; Psalm 18:1ff; 2 Samuel 22:1ff; Habakkuk 3:1ff; Numbers 21:17-18; Judges 5:31; Exodus 15:2; 6; 16; Judges 5:13; 15; Zephaniah 2:14; Judges 5:4-5; Psalm 18:8-15; Psalm 68:8-10; Psalm 68:19; Judges 5:2; 9; 21; Psalm 68:36; Judges 5:31; Psalm 29:11; Exodus 15:18; Habakkuk 3:17-19; Psalm 136:21-22; Psalm 114:8


Within the Old Testament there is a group of poems which a majority of scholars believe is quite old. In most of the books and articles which have been written on these poems, the songs are designated "ancient" or "archaic" in a rather arbitrary manner. It is the contention of this thesis that the archaic poetry is different from later poetic writing with respect to style, form, and language, and that it is possible to isolate the distinguishing characteristics of ancient poetry and, using them, to form criteria and establish a balance of probability as to the antiquity of a given poem.

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