Biblical Studies

Source and Target, Target, Target Domains

Source and Target, Target, Target Domains

If you know even the basics of contemporary metaphor theory, then you know that in the metaphor “Richard is a gorilla,” what we know (or think we know) about gorillas is the “Source domain.” The metaphor works by taking what we know and expect and how we reason about gorillas and mapping those inferences and […]

Plato’s Cave, Hymnody, and Metaphor Theory

Plato’s Cave, Hymnody, and Metaphor Theory

Editor’s Note Deaconess Ruth McDonnell shows her skill with metaphor and her interest in the worship life of the Church with this, her first article as a guest contributor.  She presented this two-part blog as a single paper at a regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Ruth brings a complex view of metaphor […]

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS A BATTLE

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS A BATTLE

From Brazilian Culture to Biblical Thinking In the first part of this blog, we took a look at how the Brazilian culture thinks about, speaks of, and experiences LIFE in terms of BATTLE. This structured way of thinking, speaking, and experiencing is also one way Christians conceive of discipleship or LIVING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE. According to David […]

The Tri-Cycle of Sin, Judgment, and Grace

The Tri-Cycle of Sin, Judgment, and Grace

Sin, Judgment, and Grace  You know the story. It is appropriately labeled, “The Fall.” Eve listens to the tempter’s voice. Adam stands by without trying to stop her and joins in sin. Death becomes inevitable. The harmony is broken. Nothing is the way it should be anymore. And so begins a cycle we see again […]

The Sanctus and Metaphor Theory

The Sanctus and Metaphor Theory

I got to preach Isaiah 6 recently; a text I love in the midst of a sermon series devoted to the biblical images that shape our worship. You can listen to the sermon below, before or after you read the comments (or both), but the sermon brings up some interesting points of metaphor and homiletic […]