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- KurzbeschreibungFor hundreds of years, scholars have debated the meaning of Jesus&8217; central theological term, the &8216;kingdom of God&8217;. Most of the argument has focused on its assumed eschatological connotations and Jesus&8217; adherence or deviation from these ideas. Within the North American context, the debate is dominated by the work of Norman Perrin, whose classification of the kingdom of God as a myth-evoking symbol remains one of the fundamental assumptions of scholarship. According to Perrin, Jesus&8217; understanding of the kingdom of God is founded upon the myth of God acting as king on behalf of Israel as described in the Hebrew Bible. <br> Moving Beyond Symbol and Myth challenges Perrin&8217;s classification, and advocates the reclassification of the kingdom of God as metaphor. Drawing upon insights from the cognitive theory of metaphor, this study examines all the occurrences of the &8216;God is king&8217; metaphor within the literary context of the Hebrew Bible. Based on this review, it is proposed that the &8216;God is king&8217; metaphor functions as a true metaphor with a range of expressions and meanings. It is employed within a variety of texts and conveys images of God as the covenantal sovereign of Israel; God as the eternal suzerain of the world, and God as the king of the disadvantaged. The interaction of the semantic fields of divinity and human kingship evoke a range of metaphoric expressions that are utilized throughout the history of the Hebrew Bible in response to differing socio-historical contexts and within a range of rhetorical strategies. It is this diversity inherent in the &8216;God is king&8217; metaphor that is the foundation for the diversified expressions of the kingdom of God associated with the historical Jesus and early Christianity.
- AutorAnne Moore
- SerieStudies in Biblical Literature
- VerlagLang, Peter
- FormatGebundene Ausgabe
- Seiten332 Seiten
- Gewicht718 g
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