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Bibil Identifier bibil:221681
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Self-Abasement as an Expression of Thanks in the Hebrew Bible
Author Bridge, Edward J.
Journal Biblica (Volume: 92, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 255-273 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Self-abasement is commonly used in the Hebrew Bible to express thanks, especially in narrative texts. Using aspects of politeness theory, it is found that, by using self-abasement, a speaker accepts a loss of face and so avoids indebtedness to the hearer, but at the same time increases the hearer’s face by showing how gracious he was to favourably treat the speaker. It is a form of deference, a use of language that increases social distance between hearer and speaker. However, when self-abasement is also used to express thanks to God, avoidance of indebtedness is not in focus, rather God’s magnanimity. In prayer, self-abasement is also used to motivate God to grant the request.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Rhetoric
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Recognition
Pericopes 2 Samuel 9,8
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