Psalm 18 in Words and Pictures: A Reading Through Metaphor

Psalm 18 in Words and Pictures: A Reading Through Metaphor

by Alison Ruth Gray

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Psalm 18 in Words and Pictures: A Reading Through Metaphor by Alison Ruth Gray

In Psalm 18 in Words and Pictures: A Reading Through Metaphor, Alison Gray engages in an in-depth study of the figurative language of Psalm 18, demonstrating the necessity of a dynamic approach to metaphor interpretation within a given textual unit. As one of the longest and most elaborate in the Hebrew Bible, Psalm 18 provides fertile soil for studying the interplay between words and images. While previous studies of the Psalm have focused on questions of form, structure, or unity - as well the relation to its Doppeltext of 2 Samuel 22 - Alison Gray explores the ways in which a metaphor-oriented hermeneutic enriches the psalm’s translation and exegesis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004255043
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/15/2014
Series: Biblical Interpretation Series , #127
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Alison Gray, Ph.D. (2012), Cambridge University (Selwyn College), is currently a researcher for the Semantics of Ancient Hebrew Database Project at Cambridge University, and is a visiting lecturer at Cambridge and King's College London.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Index of Diagrams and Illustrations xi

Abbreviations xiii

1 Introduction 1

2 Towards a Complementary Approach to Biblical Metaphor Exegesis 9

A Clarification of Terminology 9

Navigating through Theories and Approaches to Metaphor 17

Complementary Theories of Meaning 28

3 Setting Psalm 18 in Context 35

Authorship and Date 38

Unity, Form and Composition 40

Sitz im Leben 44

Site im Buck i) Psalm 18 in Book I of the Psalter 50

Sitz im Buck ii) The Song of David in the Books of Samuel 52

4 Translation and Exegesis of Psalm 18.1, 2-7 55

Words and Pictures in Verse 1 56

Words and Pictures in Verses 2-3 58

Interpretation: w. 2-3 66

Words and Pictures in Verses 4-7 68

Interpretation: w. 4-7 76

5 Translation and Exegesis of Psalm 18.8-20 79

Words and Pictures in Verses 8-16 81

Interpretation: w. 8-16 104

Words and Pictures in Verses 17-20 105

Interpretation: w. 17-20 112

6 Translation and Exegesis of Psalm 18.21-30 115

Words and Pictures in Verses 21-25 115

Interpretation: vv. 21-25 121

Words and Pictures in Verses 26-30 122

Interpretation: w. 26-30 134

7 Translation and Exegesis of Psalm 18.31-37 137

Words and Pictures in Verses 31-37 137

Interpretation: w. 31-37 154

8 Translation and Exegesis of Psalm 18.38-51 157

Words and Pictures in Verses 38-46 157

Interpretation: w. 38-46 175

Words and Pictures in Verses 47-51 175

Interpretation: w. 47-51 187

9 Interwoven Threads in Psalm 18 189

Metaphorical Interplay 189

A Re-assessment of Psalm 18's Unity 202

Metaphors in a Different Frame: The Purpose(s) of Psalm 18 204

10 Conclusions 207

Bibliography 213

Index of Subjects 227

Index of Authors 229

Index of Textual References 232

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