Animal Imagery in the Book of Proverbs (Supplements to Vetus by Tova Forti

By Tova Forti

Any remedy of the figurative and symbolic functionality of animal imagery in biblical literature calls for targeted recognition to its contextual which means and cultural assessment. the current examine goals to illustrate how this can be fairly precise of the booklet of Proverbs, within which faunal imageries function a didactic ability for delving into the extra seen truths of human habit. This ebook makes a methodological contribution towards realizing the didactic functionality of Proverb's animal imageries via providing an ongoing three-pronged research: a. Zoological identity and literary conception of the animal within the Bible; b. Hermeneutic dynamics among the explicit animal simile and its literary edition; c. Rhetorical functionality of the animal imagery in the conceptual framework of the publication of Proverbs.

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57 See Y. D. dissertation, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1979), pp. 3, 29 [Hebrew]. 58 The graded numerical sequence occurs 38 times in the Bible and Ben Sira; see Wolfgang M. W. Roth, “The Numerical Sequence X/X+1 in the Old Testament,” VT 12 (1962), pp. 301–307. See the pattern 6/7 in Prov. vi 16–19 and 3/4 in Prov. xxx 15b–16; 18–20; 21–23; 29–31. On the roots of 2/3 and 7/8 in Ugaritic literature, see U. Cassuto, “Biblical and Canaanite Literature,” in Biblical and Oriental Studies 2, trans.

The two terms are linked as metaphor—a is b—without the prosthetic comparative knp ‘as, like’ introducing the comparatum (d, e, f, and g). 2. The comparative knp introduces the first clause and the adverb k»n ‘thus, so’ introduces the second clause consequential clause of the saying (a and b). 3. In a three-clause comparative saying, the comparative knp precedes the first two clauses and the particle k»n introduces the final clause (b again). 4. A two-clause saying in which the comparative knp is missing from the first clause and the second clause is introduced by the comparative ZƗZ (ZƗZ DGDHTXDtionis) instead of the particle k»n (d, h).

The prohibitive or vetitive, see Roland E. Murphy, “Form Criticism and Wisdom Literature,” CBQ 31 (1969), pp. 475–83. 48 W. Richter, Recht und Ethos: Versuch einer Ortung des Weisheitlichen Mahnspruches (SANT 15; Munich, 1966), pp. 68ff. 49 John Bright, “The Apodictic Prohibition: Some Observations,” JBL 92 (1973), pp. 189–201. 50 See Zimmerli, “Concerning the Structure,” pp. 182–87. 51 See André Lemaire, “The Sage in School and Temple,” in J. G. Gammie and L. G. ), The Sage in Israel and the Ancient Near East (Winona Lake, IN, 1990), pp.

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