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Mixing Metaphors : God as Mother and Father in Deutero-Isaiah - Dille Sarah

Mixing Metaphors

God as Mother and Father in Deutero-Isaiah


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While most treatments of biblical metaphor examine individual metaphors in isolation, Sarah J. Dille presents a model for interpretation based on their interaction with one another. Using Lakoff and Johnson's category of 'metaphoric coherence', she argues that when nonconsistent or contradictory metaphors appear together in a literary unit, the areas of overlap (coherence) are highlighted in each. Using the images of father and mother in Deutero-Isaiah as a starting point, she explores how these images interact with others: for example, the divine warrior, the redeeming kinsman, the artisan of clay, or the husband. The juxtaposition of diverse metaphors (common in Hebrew prophetic literature) highlights common 'entailments', enabling the reader to see aspects of the image which would be overlooked or invisible if read in isolation. Dille argues that any metaphor for God can only be understood if it is read or heard in interaction with others within a particular cultural context. This is volume 13 in the Gender, Culture, Theory subseries and volume 398 in the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement series.

Review in International Review of Biblical Studies, Vol 51: 2004/05 "Dille has given the scholarly community a great contribution in her call to properly understand metaphors in their historical context...Modern scholars surely need a reminder to avoid, as far as possible, overlaying modern associations onto ancient texts...the overall contribution of this monograph is very valuable...this monograph serves as a good reminder of the significance of metaphor in the Bible." -Charles Halton, Bulletin for Biblical Research 18.2, 2008 "Even though the overall contribution of this monograph is very valuable, a detailed examination reveals many areas that need strengthening. Dille's bibliography is rather thin, and she does not interact with some of the most important secondary resources that touch on topics that she discusses. For instance, Dille devotes an entire section to childbirth and parenting in the ancient Near East and Israel (pp. 24-29) but she does not cite perhaps the most relevant resource on this subject: M. Stol, Birth in Babylonia and the Bible (Styx, 2000)...In spite of these weaknesses..." -Charles Halton, Bulletin for Biblical Research 18.2, 2008--Sanford Lakoff ."..Dille's study demonstrates how profitable, and indeed, necessary it is to study mixed metaphors. She has done a service to the study of biblical metaphors by directing future scholarship to new and rich areas for research." -Kevin Chau, Hebrew Studies, 2007 --Sanford Lakoff

Understanding metaphorp. 1
Kinship and birth in Deutero-Isaiah and ancient Israelp. 21
Like a women in labor : Isaiah 42.8-17p. 41
YHWH's sons and daughters : Isaiah 43.1-7p. 74
The divine artisan : Isaiah 45.9-13p. 102
Can a mother forget? Isaiah 49.13-23p. 128
Divine husband and father : Isaiah 50.1-3p. 152
Conclusionsp. 173
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ISBN: 9780826471567
ISBN-10: 0826471560
Series: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement S.
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.4  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1