Category Archives: Metaphor

The Deceit of Metaphor & the Revelation of the Divine Name (Exodus 3)

deceit of metaphor This paper introduces conceptual metaphor, applies the insights of conversational analysis and cognitive linguistics to the conversation between YHWH and Moses in Exodus 3, and explains the divine reticence at self-revelation as motivated by the desire to … Continue reading

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“It Ain’t Easy” : An R&B Metaphor

fante – metaphor A study of the song “It Ain’t Easy”, by Ricky Fante; the middle stanza is a metaphor, but only in the context of the rest of the song.

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Of Wadis & Caravans

wadi – Job 6 This brief paper examines the metaphor that Job uses to condemn his three friends’ failure to offer comfort: they are “treacherous wadis” (Jb 6).

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Eroded Hope : Three Conceptual Metaphors in Job 14

Eroded Hope – SBL 2013 Job’s speeches are replete with metaphors, many of which are self-referential, some of which are counter-expectational. This paper, presented to the Cognitive Linguistics group of SBL (November 2013), examines three of these counter-expectational metaphors in … Continue reading

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The Incarnation as Rent Collection

rent collection 03 11 This brief paper shows that in the “parable of the wicked tenants” Jesus presents his mission as one of rent collection, rather than in the far more common images of helper, physician, judge, &c.

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Why Translation Matters

Translating Metaphors This short paper demonstrates how a literal translation from Biblical Hebrew to English can hide a metaphor that would have been (nearly) explicit to its original audience.

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