acrostic

An acrostic text is organized so that the first letters of words form a word, or so that its lines begin with the letters of the alphabet in order, e.g. The poem about the capable wife in Proverbs 31:10ff. whose verses begin with the letters (of the Hebrew alphabet) 'aleph, beth, gimel... in alphabetical order.

The example on the right is one of four places in Esther where the Masoretes found acrostics of God's name, they indicated them in some MSS as I have done by writing the first letters larger (Hebrew reads from right to left). If these are intentional they are the only places in that book where God's name is used!

Psalms 9 and 10 use the letters of the alphabet in order. That the sequence continues from 9 to 10 is a strong indication that we should read the two together.


This page is part of the Hypertext Bible Commentary - Amos,

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