Patterns of Sin in the Hebrew Bible Hardback

Metaphor, Culture, and the Making of a Religious Concept

by Joseph Lam;

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Patterns of Sin in the Hebrew Bible

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Sin, often defined as a violation of divine will, remains a crucial idea in contemporary moral and religious discourse. The apparent familiarity of the concept, however, obscures its origins within the history of Western religious thought. This book examines a watershed moment in the development of sin as an idea--namely, within the language and culture of ancient Israel-by examining the primary metaphors used for sin in the Hebrew Bible. Drawing from contemporary theoretical insights coming out of linguistics and philosophy of language, this book offers a comprehensive look at four patterns of metaphor that pervade the biblical texts: sin as burden, sin as an account, sin as path or direction, and sin as stain or impurity. In exploring the permutations of these metaphors and their development within the biblical corpus, the book offers a compelling account of how a religious and theological concept emerges out of the everyday thought-world of ancient Israel. Key aspects of the approach to metaphor adopted in this book, such as the patterning of metaphor, the notion of metaphorical construal, and how metaphors become lexicalized over time, also have important ramifications for the study of biblical and ancient Near Eastern texts more broadly.

Patterns of Sin in the Hebrew Bible by Joseph Lam was published by Oxford University Press in February 2016. The ISBN for Patterns of Sin in the Hebrew Bible is 9780199394647.

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Page last updated 17th December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherOxford University Press (February 2016)
Number of Pages320
Thickness30 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4369440
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