By Tova Forti
Any therapy of the figurative and symbolic functionality of animal imagery in biblical literature calls for certain awareness to its contextual that means and cultural evaluate. the current examine goals to illustrate how this is often rather actual of the booklet of Proverbs, during which faunal imageries function a didactic ability for delving into the extra noticeable truths of human habit. This booklet makes a methodological contribution towards knowing the didactic functionality of Proverb's animal imageries by way of delivering an ongoing three-pronged research: a. Zoological id and literary conception of the animal within the Bible; b. Hermeneutic dynamics among the categorical animal simile and its literary edition; c. Rhetorical functionality of the animal imagery in the conceptual framework of the e-book of Proverbs.
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For a summary of the difference between Ma’at and the biblical concept of Wisdom, see Whybray, The Book of Proverbs, pp. 65, 130. ANIMAL IMAGERY AS A LITERARY AND ARTISTIC DEVICE 35 cautious efforts to make use of his own powers of observation and understanding. In this setting, wealth is not considered to be the main goal toward which individuals should strive and true stability comes from wisdom: “A house is built by wisdom, and is established by understanding; by knowledge are its rooms filled with all precious and beautiful things” (Prov.
270–71. 6 Delitzsch (Proverbs of Solomon I, pp. ” He concludes that those who are warned should apply the image and stay away from evildoers, just as the bird flees the net. The application of “for the net is outspread in vain (ÜLQQƗP)” is to avoid their ensnarement. al participle of z-w-r or qal passive participle of m-z-r), glossing both roots as “tighten, constrict” (cf. z-w-r (z-r-r) ‘com- 28 ANIMAL IMAGERY IN PROVERBS from the root z-r-h or m-z-r, as in the vocalized verb mezUƗK ‘stretched out’, the bird still does not perceive the net as a threat.
Jer. xlix 22). The nešer glides lightly despite its weight (Deut. xxviii 49; Isa. xl 31; Jer. iv 13, xlviii 40, xlix 15, 22; Ezek. xvii 3, 7; Lam. iv 19; Prov. xxx 18–19; Job xxxix 26). The way its soars easily and freely symbolizes the renewal of youthful strength (2 Sam. i 23; Isa. xl 31; Jer. iv 13; Hab. i 8; Lam. iv 19; Ps. ciii 5). The vulture builds its nest high up in the crannies of cliffs: “Building his nest high, dwelling in the rock, lodging upon the fastness of a jutting rock” (Job xxxix 27– 28; cf.