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God as Rock in the Psalter (Europaische Hochschulschriften/European University Studies/Publications Universitaires Europeennes Reihe 23: Theologie/Series 23: Theology/Serie 23: Theologie)

Salvador Fernandes

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ISBN 10: 3631634641 / ISBN 13: 9783631634646
Published by Peter Lang GmbH 2012-12-17, 2012
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Title: God as Rock in the Psalter (Europaische ...

Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH 2012-12-17

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

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The role and place of metaphor in biblical language keeps attracting scholarly interest. Of all the books of the Bible, the "Psalms" provide the richest cache of metaphors for God. The "Psalter" is a cornucopia of metaphor. The biblical authors bring us back to the concrete world of everyday things, and tell us that we can talk about God perfectly well without having to indulge in conceptual or abstract ways of thinking and speaking. The present study entitled "God as Rock in the Psalter" brings the study of metaphorical language back to the heart of "Psalm" scholarship. The author carries out his research by analyzing a few selected "Psalms" ("Psalms" 18; 19; 28; 31; 42; 62; 71; 73; 78; 89; 92; 94; 95; 144). In fact, a full 70 percent of the occurrences of Rock in the "Psalter" are allusions to God. The occurrences of God as Rock at the beginning, middle and end of the psalms; and at the beginning and end of the books of "Samuel"; end of the book of "Deuteronomy"; beginning of the "Psalter" ("Psalms" 18; 19); middle of the "Psalter" ("Psalms" 78) and at the end of the "Psalter" ("Psalms" 144), is a clear testimony that the address God, my Rock is a creative form of language and is a norm or standard when speaking of Yahweh.

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Salvador OFM Cap Fernandes is a Capuchin priest from Karwar, India. Having completed his bachelor studies from Karnatak University, Dharwad, India, he attended also the post-graduate programme in Sacred Scripture at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome. The author began his research in Sacred Scripture at the University of Munster, Germany, and obtained his PhD in Biblical Theology from the University of Bonn. Presently he is on the staff of Darshan Institute of Theology, Bangalore, India, and lectures also in various centers for theology and spirituality.

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