Seeing the Psalms: A Theology of Metaphor

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William Brown introduces a new method of exegesis, particularly for biblical poetry, that attends to the metaphorical contours of the Psalms. His method as proposed and demonstrated in this book supplements traditional ways of interpreting the Psalms and results in a fresh understanding of their original context and contemporary significance.

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Overview

William Brown introduces a new method of exegesis, particularly for biblical poetry, that attends to the metaphorical contours of the Psalms. His method as proposed and demonstrated in this book supplements traditional ways of interpreting the Psalms and results in a fresh understanding of their original context and contemporary significance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664225025
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 572,234
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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William P. Brown is Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is the author a number of books including Character in Crisis: A Fresh Approach to the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament and Seeing the Psalms: A Theology of Metaphor.
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Table of Contents

Illustrations vii
Preface ix
Abbreviations and Symbols xi
Introduction: A Poetics of the Psalmic Imagination 1
The Iconic Metaphor 3
The Poetic Imagination 8
Contemporary Context 13
Modus Operandi 14
1. "In the Shadow of Shaddai": The Metaphor of Refuge 15
Introduction 16
The Refuge Metaphor 18
2. "I Shall Walk in Freedom": The Metaphor of Pathway 31
The Way of Tora 32
Path of Peril and Salvation 36
Pathway and Refuge 39
The "Ritual" of Habitation 51
3. The Transplanted Tree: Psalm 1 and the Psalter's Threshold 55
Translation 55
Tree and Tora 57
True Tree: Positive Connotations 58
Knotty Tree: Negative Connotations 71
The Arbor in the Psalter's Landscape 75
Conclusion 78
4. The Sun of Righteousness: Psalm 19 and the Joy of Lex 81
Translation 81
Deus Praesens: The Background of Solar Imagery 84
Reading Psalm 19 89
The Purification of the Individual 97
The Light of the Law 99
Image and Icon: The Synagogue Mosaics 100
Conclusion 103
5. The Voice of Many Waters: From Chaos to Community 105
Fear of Drowning 106
Affliction as Desiccation 121
Refreshment and Renewal 122
From Thirst to Inundation: Psalm 42:1-8 132
6. The Song of Leviathan: God's Theater of Praise 135
Animals as Metaphors 136
From Metaphor to Creation 153
Call of the Wild: The Conclusion of the Psalter 162
7. "On You I Was Cast from My Birth": The Anatomy of a Personal God 167
The Distinctiveness of Divinity 167
Divine Anatomy 169
Roles of God 187
8. "As the Mountains Surround Jerusalem": Mapping the Divine 197
Light 197
Metaphors of Protection 199
Fountain 203
Possession: "Portion" and "Cup" 204
Conclusion: In Defense of Iconic Reflection: The Case of Psalm 139 207
The Metaphorical Contours of Psalm 139 207
Postscript: A Theology of Prayer and Poesis 213
Notes 217
Scripture and Ancient Source Index 263
Author/Subject Index 271
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