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Lurking Lions and Hidden Herds: Concealed Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible

Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
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Religions 2021, 12(7), 492; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12070492
Received: 21 May 2021 / Revised: 24 June 2021 / Accepted: 26 June 2021 / Published: 30 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nature Imagery in Biblical Wisdom)
This article presents evidence for a previously unrecognized literary device in the Book of Proverbs, in which texts that cluster references to animals also contain additional paronomastic allusions to animals. This device accords with the proverbs’ instruction to search for hidden knowledge, and resonates with their emphasis on the study of wild animals as a source of divine wisdom. The device also appears in psalms and prophecies, where it generally entails references to domesticated animals; here, the function appears to be rhetorical or performative. These groupings of concealed allusions to animals also add to the growing number of examples of the textual device of clustering. View Full-Text
Keywords: allusion; animals; cluster; paronomasia; prophecy; proverbs; psalms; wisdom allusion; animals; cluster; paronomasia; prophecy; proverbs; psalms; wisdom
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Noegel, S.B.; Nichols, C.E. Lurking Lions and Hidden Herds: Concealed Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible. Religions 2021, 12, 492. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12070492

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Noegel SB, Nichols CE. Lurking Lions and Hidden Herds: Concealed Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible. Religions. 2021; 12(7):492. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12070492

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Noegel, Scott B., and Corinna E. Nichols 2021. "Lurking Lions and Hidden Herds: Concealed Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible" Religions 12, no. 7: 492. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12070492

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