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Paul as Infant and Nursing Mother: Metaphor, Rhetoric, and Identity in 1 Thessalonians 2:5-8
McNeel, Jennifer Houston

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2014 pp. xii + 203. $29.95

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Description: Paul employed metaphors of childbirth or breastfeeding in four out of the seven undisputed epistles. In this book, McNeel uses cognitive metaphor theory and social identity analysis to examine the meaning and function of these maternal metaphors. She asserts that metaphors carry cognitive content and that they are central to how humans process information, construct reality, and shape group identity.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, 1 Thessalonians, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Ideological Critique

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Review by Thomas R. Blanton IV
Published 7/26/2015
Citation: Thomas R. Blanton IV, review of Jennifer Houston McNeel, Paul as Infant and Nursing Mother: Metaphor, Rhetoric, and Identity in 1 Thessalonians 2:5-8, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


Review by Trevor Burke
Published 8/18/2016
Citation: Trevor Burke, review of Jennifer Houston McNeel, Paul as Infant and Nursing Mother: Metaphor, Rhetoric, and Identity in 1 Thessalonians 2:5-8, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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