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Biblical Metaphor Reconsidered

A Cognitive Approach to Poetic Prophecy in Jeremiah 1-24

by Job Y. Jindo

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How do we understand the characteristically extensive presence of imagery in biblical prophecy? Poetic metaphor in prophetic writings has commonly been understood solely as an artistic flourish intended to create certain rhetorical effects. It thus appears expendable and unrelated to the core content of the composition—however engaging it may be, aesthetically or otherwise. Job Jindo invites us to reconsider this convention. Applying recent studies in cognitive science, he explores how we can view metaphor as the very essence of poetic prophecy—namely, metaphor as an indispensable mode to communicate prophetic insight. Through a cognitive reading of Jeremiah 1-24, Jindo amply demonstrates the advantage and heuristic ramifications of this approach in biblical studies.

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Publisher: Eisenbrauns
Publication date: 2010
Bibliographic info: xv + 343 pages
Language(s): English


Cover: Cloth
Trim Size: 6 x 9 inches



"...Jindo's work is very valuable for future study of biblical metaphor. Especially helpful is his treatment of poetic metaphor which gives good examples of how to interpret poetic metaphors and enriches our understanding of poetic metaphors. Furthermore, his approach employing cognitive theories of conceptual metaphor, poetic metaphor, and frame theory provides a good starting point for those who use cognitive approaches. His lengthy footnotes provide extensive bibliography for related subjects and his detailed evaluation provides helpful perspectives about those subjects."—Hyuk-ki Kim, McMaster Divinity College in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Volume 11 (2011)

"Biblical Metaphor Reconsidered is a strong work both at the level of theory and at the level of specific textual analysis. Scholars and graduate students interested in metaphor, cognitive linguistics and poetics, and Jeremiah studies would certainly benefit from Jindo’s hard work and particularly from his examination of the text of Jeremiah."—Colin Toffelmire, McMaster Divinity College in Review of Biblical Literature, September 2011 "This monograph is very studiously presented ... The bibliography is exceptionally deep, and the extensive footnotes are chock-full of complementary (and occasionally just plain interesting) information pertaining to the vast interdisciplinary terrain of metaphor studies. The author presents numerous plausible argu-ments and persuasive examples that deserve sustained consideration by bib-lical scholars, cognitive linguists, and literary theorists (n.b. his intriguing view of Jeremiah 11-20's so-called "confession" passages, pp. 206?208). By adeptly demonstrating how biblical metaphor can--and often does--extend beyond isolated ornamental uses and into integrative orientational functions, Job Jindo shows us how to have our cake and eat it too." -- Paul Korchin, Briar Cliff University in Hebrew Studies 54 (2013): 421?25

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