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Bibil Identifier bibil:251123
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) Cognitive Pragmatics and Multi-layered Communication
Title (English, ) Allegory in Christian Religious Discourse
Author Unger, Christoph
Edited book Religion, Language, and the Human Mind
Year (Reference) 2018
Language English
Pages 333-352 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Allegory is a figure of speech that is frequently used in Christian religious discourse, not only in the Christian Scriptures, but also in theological and homiletic literature throughout history. However, its use has also been viewed with suspicion by various schools of Christian thought. That is, allegory as a figure of speech is perceived as both being a useful tool for religious discourse and beset by limitations. This double-sided perception of the utility of allegory is rooted in the cognitive complexities that the comprehension of allegory involves, according to Unger (2017). Processing allegory involves our ability to detect and process multiple layers of communication in one act of ostensive communication. Thus, allegory has the potential for being effective for communicating complex thoughts in an elegant and effective way; at the same time, it runs the risk of inviting the audience to overinterpret the communication event.
DOI 10.1093/oso/9780190636647.003.0013
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : Metaphor
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Allegory
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Theolinguistic
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