Words with Teeth: Metaphors and the Psalms of Imprecation - The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies (Hardback)
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Words with Teeth: Metaphors and the Psalms of Imprecation - The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies (Hardback)

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Words with Teeth presents a dual argument, of which the first part is composed of establishing metaphor as the primary reading strategy for approaching Biblical Hebrew Poetry, and the second part of applying the said strategy to a heterogeneous group of psalms known, in rather Victorian English, as the Psalms of Imprecation. This volume first introduces the reader to the phenomenon of metaphor and how it interfaces with the Hebrew poetic text. It then offers an historical/exegetical review of the reception of the Psalms of Imprecation, ranging from their exclusion on theological grounds to their acceptance on psychological grounds and the various shades of curiosity and revulsion in between. The main body of the book represents a close individual reading of the Psalms of imprecation, using metaphor as a reading strategy. It will conclude, in agreement with Adele Berlin, that metaphor in Biblical Hebrew Poetry is the flip-side to parallelism, that parallelism frequently provides the structuring basis upon which non-structuring metaphor is grounded, and that metaphorical speech provided the psalmist(s) with a way of speaking the unspeakable about God and her relationship with human persons.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567027726
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 454 g

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