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By Tova Forti

ISBN-10: 9004162879

ISBN-13: 9789004162877

ISBN-10: 9047423623

ISBN-13: 9789047423621

Any therapy of the figurative and symbolic functionality of animal imagery in biblical literature calls for certain awareness to its contextual which means and cultural evaluate. the current examine goals to illustrate how this is often relatively precise of the ebook of Proverbs, within which faunal imageries function a didactic capacity for delving into the extra noticeable truths of human habit. This booklet makes a methodological contribution towards realizing the didactic functionality of Proverb's animal imageries by way of delivering an ongoing three-pronged research: a. Zoological identity and literary notion 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 ebook of Proverbs.

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54–61. 41 On the parabolic proverb see F. Delitzsch, Biblical Commentary on the Proverbs of Solomon I, trans. M. G. Easton (Grand Rapids, MI, 1960), pp. 7–11; A. Kahana, Sefer Mishley (Miqra meforash; Tel Aviv, 1968), p. 21. Von Rad explains the distance between parabolic elements as the factor stimulating the reader’s noetic function (G. von Rad, Wisdom in Israel, trans. J. D. Martin [New York, 1972], p. 120). 40 16 ANIMAL IMAGERY IN PROVERBS e. [Like] a gold ring in the snout of a pig is a beautiful woman bereft of sense (xi 22).

Xxiii 29–35) 31 Bînk can mean both the contemplative faculty and the intellectual ability to discern and deduce. The root b-y-n designates careful observation, as in “When you sit down to dine with a ruler, consider well (bƯQ WƗEƯn) who is before you” (Prov. xxiii 1). See Fox, Proverbs 1–9, p. 30. 32 The translation follows the RSV, except for a free rendering of v. 32. {n represents the entire family Viperidae; the ‰epa! 33 The viper lives near human habitats and its bite is considered dangerous.

41 The images of snake and viper are ironically related to the interpretation of the term aÜăUvW. The moral retribution awaiting the drunkard is articulated in the conceptual paradigm of the wrong and right ways of conducting life in Proverbs: “A road may seem right to a man, but in the end (aÜăUvW) it is a road to death” (Prov. 42 However, the sarcasm about the toper does not end with the sage’s rebuke and moral lesson, but with the pathetic confession of the drunkard himself, who, sobering up, says: “They struck me, but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it” (v.

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