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Bibil Identifier bibil:246301
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Body of Nineveh: The Conceptual Image of the City in Nahum 2–3
Author Vermeulen, Karolien
Journal Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (Volume: 17)
Year (Publication) 2017
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2017
Year (Copyright) 2017
Year (Reference) 2017
Language English
Pages - Pages
Genre Original
Notes 18 pages online
Abstract Research on cities in the Hebrew Bible shows that urban spaces are often personified. This article argues that in the case of Nahum's Nineveh this personification is part of a conceptual metaphor, in which the city is depicted as a body. The same metaphor underlies other comparative devices in the text, which similarly share a corporeal focus. Together, these devices tell the story of a weakening city body, in a way that is both cognitively accessible as well as narratologically and communicatively efficient.
DOI 10.5508/jhs.2017.v17.a1
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Niniveh
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Body
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Metaphor
Pericopes Nahum 2-3
Links Online document (PDF, English)
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