Animal Imagery in the Book of Proverbs (Supplements to Vetus by Tova Forti

By Tova Forti

Any remedy of the figurative and symbolic functionality of animal imagery in biblical literature calls for particular cognizance to its contextual which means and cultural review. the current examine goals to illustrate how this is often relatively actual of the publication of Proverbs, within which faunal imageries function a didactic capacity for delving into the extra noticeable truths of human habit. This booklet makes a methodological contribution towards knowing the didactic functionality of Proverb's animal imageries via delivering an ongoing three-pronged research: a. Zoological identity and literary notion of the animal within the Bible; b. Hermeneutic dynamics among the explicit animal simile and its literary version; c. Rhetorical functionality of the animal imagery in the conceptual framework of the publication of Proverbs.

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Keel, The Symbolism of the Biblical World: Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and the Book of Psalms, trans. T. J. Hallett (Winona Lake, IN, 1997), pp. 89–95. 11 See Isaac Arama in his commentary on Proverbs, in I. ), Yad Avshalom (Leipzig, 1858–59), p. 8. ANIMAL IMAGERY AS A LITERARY AND ARTISTIC DEVICE 29 danger to himself. His situation is precisely that of the lad who follows the adulterous woman, who is “like a bird rushing into a trap, not knowing his life is at stake” (Prov. vii 23b). We find a similar stylistic and conceptual pattern in Ps.

We shall obtain every precious treasure; we shall fill our houses with booty. ” My son, do not walk in their way, keep your foot from their paths; for their feet run to evil, and they hurry to shed blood. For in the eyes of every winged creature the net is outspread in vain; but they lie in wait for their own lives. Such are the ways of all who are greedy for gain; it takes the life of its possessor. (Prov. {S NƗQƗS ‘winged birds’ (Gen. i 21; Ps. lxxviii 27); ‰ipp{U NƗQƗS ‘winged bird’ (Deut. {S KƗUîm ‘bird of the mountains’ (Ps.

The animal image in v. 17 grounds the motive of the admonition in this passage. At first glance, the image of winged creature and net seems to interrupt the syntactic and conceptual flow between v. 16, “For their feet run to evil, and they hurry to shed blood,” and v. 5 But the image of the bird that is oblivious to its peril in v. 17, clearly inserted as a motive for eschewing the sinner’s evil ways, challenges readers to understand the complex relation between the image and its symbolic meaning or moral lesson.

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