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Bibil Identifier bibil:225998
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Metaphor at Stake in Ezra 9:8
Author Moffat, Donald P.
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 63, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 290–298 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article argues that the tendency to interpret the stake metaphor in Ezra 9:8 as a reference to security is out of step with the sentiments of the penitential prayer in which it is used. The prayer emphasizes community vulnerability. Other uses of the stake as a metaphor in the Hebrew Bible include an element of divine dependence either explicitly or implicitly. The metaphor is precisely in tune with the sentiments of the prayer and represents Yahweh-dependent support. Interpretations need to reflect the nuances of the metaphor while translations must be careful not to obscure its subtleties.
DOI 10.1163/15685330-12341111
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Metaphor
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Prayer
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Lamentation
Pericopes Ezra 9,8
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