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Bibil Identifier bibil:245164
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) "Who is like Yahweh?"
Title (English, ) A Study of Divine Metaphors in the Book of Micah
Author Cruz, Juan
Series Forschungen zur Religion und Literatur des Alten und Neuen Testaments (Volume: 263)
Year (Publication) 2016
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2016
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2016
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature SBA 53/263
Place 226.96.08
Publishing house Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Place Göttingen
ISBN 978-3-525-54047-3
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages 274 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract Recent theology has seen a renewed vigour in debates about the nature and character of God. Juan Cruz turns to one of the prophetic books in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Micah, to consider the metaphors it uses to portray the God of Israel and what they reveal about the deity. The book of Micah contains two dominant types of metaphor for Yahweh, namely the legal metaphors in 1:2-16 and 6:1-16 and the pastoral metaphors in 2:12-13, 4:6-7, 5:1-4a and 7:14-20. The former type of metaphors presents Yahweh in a courtroom setting, where he accuses his people of their sins, brings a lawsuit against them, and pronounces their judgement. The pastoral metaphors, on the other hand, describe Yahweh as the shepherd of his people, primarily concerned with the restoration and well-being of Israel. The two sets of metaphors therefore respectively present Yahweh in a positive and a negative light. Drawing on insights from philosophy and literary studies, and making particular use of the theories of Benjamin Harshav, Juan Cruz explores the divine metaphors by analysing the arguments they make within their respective literary units and in the context of the whole book, as well as the significant tensions that develop between the metaphors. The volume provides helpful tools to analyse metaphors for God, which may be also used for analysis of non-divine metaphors, and should contribute to our theological understanding of God in the Hebrew Bible, most especially in the book of Micah, a book whose title bears the meaning, "Who is like Yahweh?".
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Latter Prophets : Twelve Minor Prophets : Micah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Metaphor
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