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Sensing World, Sensing Wisdom: The Cognitive Foundation of Biblical Metaphors
Tilford, Nicole L.

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2017 pp. ix + 246. $34.95

Series Information
Ancient Israel and Its Literature, 31

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Description: The Bible is full of metaphors. On the surface, these metaphors seem like simple literary flourishes that have been added to the text for artistic effect. This book, however, argues that biblical metaphors reflect more basic, prelinguistic cognitive structures. These conceptual metaphors developed out of common concrete experiences and only gradually developed into the complex metaphors that one finds within biblical texts. This book explores how common sensory activities like seeing, hearing, touching, eating, breathing, and walking developed into the abstract metaphors for wisdom that one finds in Proverbs, Job, and Qohelet. Because it traces the cognitive development of a set of related metaphors across several congruent texts, it provides a model by which scholars can trace the cognitive development of biblical metaphors more generally in the Hebrew Bible and other early Jewish and Christian texts.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches, Psychology

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Review by Robert H. von Thaden Jr.
Published 2/1/2018
Citation: Robert H. von Thaden Jr., review of Nicole L. Tilford, Sensing World, Sensing Wisdom: The Cognitive Foundation of Biblical Metaphors, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


Review by JiSeong James Kwon
Published 6/21/2018
Citation: JiSeong James Kwon, review of Nicole L. Tilford, Sensing World, Sensing Wisdom: The Cognitive Foundation of Biblical Metaphors, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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