Nov 192010
 

I was listening to Christine Hayes’ fine lectures on the Hebrew Bible today (you can download them at Open Yale) and she was talking about leitwort, the technique of word repetition that is key device biblical writers used. E.g. She made reference to the seven repetitions of “…it was good.” It turns out Martin Buber coined the term. Here is his definition. It’s crucial, I think, to see that he describes the effect of the repetition in physical terms, as “movement.” This is obviously a very useful device in any kind of writing.

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  5 Responses to “Leitwort, leading word, word repetition as a technique”

  1. I see this everywhere now, in fiction, CNF, poetry, music…even in visual media. Learned it from the Master. It’s actually quite a fascinating concept.

  2. Thanks for linking to this. Very good!

  3. Thanks for including this description. I also was listening to her delightful lessons and searched the term and found your entry.

  4. […] of my favorite literary devices when learning and teaching Tanakh is the leitwort, leading words, or מילה המנחה. This term refers to a word, root, or series of words in […]

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