How can I tell if a Bible verse is literal or figurative? Whats the difference between metaphor and metonymy? How can I understand a parable? And whats the function of figurative language anyway?
Go Figure! An Introduction to Figures of Speech in the Bible answers these and other questions about figurative language used in Scripture. With its blend of scholarship and humor, the book appeals to a variety of students. For newcomers, it serves as a way into the complex arena known as figures of speech. And with many examples culled from popular culture, the book speaks to a new generation of students. At the same time, for those more seasoned in the Scriptures, the endnotes, bibliography, introduction, and appendices offer ample material for further study.
Unique Features of this book
More than 1200 Bible verses
Research from various disciplines, spanning several generations
Examples from popular culture
Examples from the Scriptures
Q and As
I found the book to be an easy-to-understand presentation of many of the figures of speech frequently used in the Bible. I trust this work will be a valuable introductory study of figures of speech to students of the Scriptures in the years to come.
Rev. Walter J. Cummins, author of A Journey Through the Acts and Epistles: The Authorized King James Version with Note and a Working Translation, Vols. 1 and 2.