God as Rock in the Psalter - Europaische Hochschulschriften/European University Studies/Publications Universitaires Europeennes Reihe 23: Theologie/Series 23: Theology/Serie 23: Theologie 934 (Paperback)
  • God as Rock in the Psalter - Europaische Hochschulschriften/European University Studies/Publications Universitaires Europeennes Reihe 23: Theologie/Series 23: Theology/Serie 23: Theologie 934 (Paperback)

God as Rock in the Psalter - Europaische Hochschulschriften/European University Studies/Publications Universitaires Europeennes Reihe 23: Theologie/Series 23: Theology/Serie 23: Theologie 934 (Paperback)

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The role and place of metaphor in biblical language keeps attracting scholarly interest. Of all the books of the Bible, the "Psalms" provide the richest cache of metaphors for God. The "Psalter" is a cornucopia of metaphor. The biblical authors bring us back to the concrete world of everyday things, and tell us that we can talk about God perfectly well without having to indulge in conceptual or abstract ways of thinking and speaking. The present study entitled "God as Rock in the Psalter" brings the study of metaphorical language back to the heart of "Psalm" scholarship. The author carries out his research by analyzing a few selected "Psalms" ("Psalms" 18; 19; 28; 31; 42; 62; 71; 73; 78; 89; 92; 94; 95; 144). In fact, a full 70 percent of the occurrences of Rock in the "Psalter" are allusions to God. The occurrences of God as Rock at the beginning, middle and end of the psalms; and at the beginning and end of the books of "Samuel"; end of the book of "Deuteronomy"; beginning of the "Psalter" ("Psalms" 18; 19); middle of the "Psalter" ("Psalms" 78) and at the end of the "Psalter" ("Psalms" 144), is a clear testimony that the address God, my Rock is a creative form of language and is a norm or standard when speaking of Yahweh.

Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH
ISBN: 9783631634646

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