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Bibil Identifier bibil:214738
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Path Image Schema as Underlying Structure for the Metaphor Moral Life is a Journey in Psalm 25
Author Basson, Alec
Journal Old Testament Essays (Volume: 24, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 19-29 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Metaphorical language abounds in the Psalter. Metaphors are employed to describe the gamut of human experience. In the Psalms, both profane and sacred realities are perceived and comprehended in terms of metaphors. Through metaphor, the poet is able to reason about aspects of life that would otherwise remain inexpressible and incomprehensible. The description of moral life/conduct in Psalm 25 is a case in point. In this psalm, moral life is presented as a journey along a particular path the poet is walking on. This article argues that the metaphor moral life is a journey arises from, the poet's recurring bodily experience of movement/motion in the world. Cognitively, the poet utilises the path image schema to depict his moral conduct (living according to the covenant stipulations of Yahweh) as a journey. Thus, this image schema, which underlies and structures his abstract thoughts, gives rise to the metaphor moral life is a journey.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Metaphor
Pericopes Psalms 25
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