The language and imagery of the Bible
This recent classic by G.B. Caird explores a host of linguistic principles related to language usage and meaning and points to the way these principles ought to be applied to a reading of the English Bible.
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The Uses and Abuses of Language
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allegory ambiguity ancient anthropomorphism Aramaic believed Bible biblical C. H. Dodd C. S. Lewis called chapter Christ Christian church connotation context David death Deut divine earth Ecclus English ephod eschatology event example Exod express fact faith father Gentile glory God's gods Gospel Greek heaven heavenly Hebrew holy human imagery intended interpretation Isaiah Israel Israelite Jeremiah Jerusalem Jesus Jewish Jews John king kingdom language later legal fiction linguistic literal living Lord Luke Mark Matt meaning metaphor metonymy Moses myth nations noun Old Testament original pagan parable parables of Jesus Parataxis passages Paul Philo phrase polysemy priest prophecy prophet psalms readers recognise referent resurrection semantic change sense Septuagint significance simile speak speaker speech statement story symbols synecdoche temple theological tion Torah tradition translation verb victory words writers Yahweh