Item description for Biblical Ambiguities: Metaphor, Semantics, and Divine Imagery by David H. Aaron...
Ancient texts are ambiguous, and the Hebrew Bible is no exception. One might even frame the history of a religion as a history of a belief system's management of ambiguity. Applying a linguistic model, Aaron systematically examines and veritably celebrates this inherent ambiguity in order to understand God-related idioms in the Hebrew Bible, more specifically, whether a particular idiom is meant to be understood metaphorically. Aaron examines the original intent of the writers of biblical literature and suggests that one can conceptualize texts as metonyms for their authors and their historical contexts. Through an in-depth exploration of semantic theory, Aaron places metaphor on a non-binary "continuum of meaning" instead of using a limiting either/or conception of figurative speech. Aaron challenges current methodologies that dominate biblical scholarship regarding metaphor and offers original, viable alternatives to the standard approaches. This interdisciplinary project takes into consideration a broad range of issues, which point to further areas of study. Aaron's model for gradient judgements, that is, a method for judging statements and placing them on a "continuum of meaning," offers a new building block for biblical study and interpretation. Please note that "Biblical Ambiguities" was previously published by Brill in hardback (ISBN 90 04 12032 7), still available)
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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.56" Width: 6.6" Height: 0.71" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date May 21, 2002
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN 0391041223 ISBN13 9780391041226
Availability 0 units.
More About David H. Aaron
David H. Aaron is Professor of Hebrew Bible and History of Interpretation at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati). He completed his doctoral studies at Brandeis University. His publications are in the fields of Bible and Rabbinic Exegetical Literature.
David H. Aaron currently resides in Cincinnati, in the state of Ohio. David H. Aaron was born in 1956.
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Ambivalent Feb 9, 2005
It is scholarly in its method. However, the conclusions are just that the Bible contains ambiguities and that some ambiguities are more ambiguous than others. Ambiguity may function as a Bible code, but God will tell us when the scrolls will be undone.