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Metaphors in the Wisdom Literature of the Hebrew Bible and Contemporary Art

Kisszántó Ungarische Reformierte Kirche, No. 116, Jud. Bihor, 417077 Santaul Mic, Romania
Academic Editors: Katharine J. Dell and Arthur J. Keefer
Religions 2016, 7(9), 106;
Received: 30 April 2016 / Revised: 20 July 2016 / Accepted: 25 July 2016 / Published: 29 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World)
Biblical wisdom literature is a treasure-trove of powerful metaphors. This article presents a sample of these metaphors and their significant impact on contemporary artwork. The impact is characterized by both appropriation and adaptation, similitude and analogy, respectively. The highlighted metaphors are not merely catalogued but, more or less, analyzed with regard to relevant contemporary artwork. This augments the importance of contemporary biblical literacy analysis and uses it as one of the tools by which it is possible to gauge the impact and interaction, in this case, of the metaphor-world of the wisdom tradition on contemporary art. More importantly, however, this study underscores the relevance of these metaphors for biblical exegesis, hermeneutics, and theology. The analysis of the reception of these metaphors in contemporary artworks undergirds and informs the process of interpretation. The reception of these metaphors in their contemporary art contexts is best understood within the framework of imagery and imagistic language. Metaphor, as a subset of imagery and imagistic language, is foundational for the examined wisdom books, Proverbs, Job, and Qoheleth, and for the relevant contemporary artwork, alike. Moreover, metaphor also constitutes a bridge between the ancient and contemporary context. With this backdrop in mind, this article argues for the necessity of exploring the connections between these wisdom books, metaphor studies, and contemporary artwork. View Full-Text
Keywords: metaphor; wisdom; contemporary; art; image; imagery; literature; theology metaphor; wisdom; contemporary; art; image; imagery; literature; theology
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Zabán, B.K. Metaphors in the Wisdom Literature of the Hebrew Bible and Contemporary Art. Religions 2016, 7, 106.

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