Scholarship, no less than fashion, has its fair share of fads: ideas that are all the rage go out of fashion, then come back, unexpectedly to everyone’s surprise—witness, for example, the rise, then fall, then resurrection of bell-bottom pants (though in their most recent iteration, now again passé, they were called “flares”). Perhaps the same situation holds true for Sung Jin Park’s book, which began as a dissertation at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, supervised by David B. Weisberg and Stephen A. Kaufman. Meter in biblical poetry, after all, was a fashion among an earlier generation of scholars who sought this elusive beast with great gusto and an array of technical tools but never captured it securely: it remained a kind of Bigfoot or Chupacabra. Given this difficulty, the more recent fashion—for some time now—has been to eschew all talk of meter in biblical poetry. That such a beast...

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