Sexual and Marital metaphors in Hosea, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel

Hardcover | June 15, 2008

bySharon Moughtin-Mumby

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Sharon Moughtin-Mumby explores the complex, and potentially subversive, power of metaphor as a tool of persuasion in the prophetic books of the Hebrew Bible. Often such language is used to speak of the worship of gods other than Yhwh, of undesirable cultic practices, or of political alliances withforeign nations. Evaluating several schools of language and biblical criticism, including a Traditional approach, a Feminist critique and a Literary-historical investigation, Moughtin-Mumby brings lucid new readings with a fresh perspective to these dramatic texts. The study emphasises theimportance of context for understanding metaphorical meaning and challenges previous scholarship which has read such language in terms of the traditional concept of 'the marriage metaphor' and the hypothetical background of cultic prostitution.

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Sharon Moughtin-Mumby explores the complex, and potentially subversive, power of metaphor as a tool of persuasion in the prophetic books of the Hebrew Bible. Often such language is used to speak of the worship of gods other than Yhwh, of undesirable cultic practices, or of political alliances withforeign nations. Evaluating several sch...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:350 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:June 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199239088

ISBN - 13:9780199239085

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Introduction1. Hosea 4-142. Jeremiah3. Isaiah4. Ezekiel 16 and 235. Hosea 1-3ConclusionWorks Cited