By Klaas Smelik, Karolien Vermeulen

During this quantity twelve contributions speak about the relevance, accuracy, power, and attainable choices to a literary studying of historical Jewish writings, specifically the Hebrew Bible. Drawing on various educational fields (biblical reviews, rabbinic reviews, and literary reviews) and on quite a few methodologies (literary feedback, rhetorical feedback, cognitive linguistics, ancient feedback, and reception history), the essays shape a cutting-edge review of the present use of the literary strategy towards historic Jewish texts. the amount convincingly exhibits that the most recent techniques to a literary interpreting can nonetheless improve our knowing of those texts.

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We combine Steen’s find­ ings on the deliberate use of metaphor with those of Pilkington on the range and strength of mappings. As such, we introduce criteria to first select and sub­ sequently analyze metaphors in the biblical corpus. We advocate for explicitness and illustrate our point with an example from the book of Job (6:14–21). Introduction Conceptual Metaphor Theory (henceforth CMT) is undoubtedly one of the most popular—if not the most popular—current theory on metaphor. Anyone interested in metaphor cannot ignore the fairly recent insight that metaphor is first and foremost a conceptual rather than a linguistic phenomenon.

Word play was thought to play an active role in magic by taking ad­vantage of the linkage that was thought to exist between the word for an object and the object itself. 38 34 Raymond O. , The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day (San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 1994), 147. 35 Antonio Loprieno, “Puns and Word Play in Ancient Egyptian,” in Puns and Pundits, 3–22 (13). 36 See Scott B. Noegel & Kasia Szpakowska, “‘Word Play’ in the Ramesside Dream Man­ ual,” SAK 35 (2007): 93–212; text on 200.

Finally, as exam­ ple is better than precept, we demonstrate our principles in an analysis of the metaphors in Job 6:14–21. Conceptual Metaphor Theory Metaphor is a central theme in Cognitive Linguistics. In Metaphors We Live By, George Lakoff and Mark Johnson strongly react against the folk belief that metaphor is found mainly, primarily or most naturally in poetic language. Metaphor, they claim, is not merely a matter of language; it is a matter of thought: [M]etaphor is typically viewed as characteristic of language alone, a matter of words rather than thought or action.

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