Chapter published in:Drawing Attention to Metaphor: Case studies across time periods, cultures and modalities
Edited by Camilla Di Biase-Dyson and Markus Egg
[Figurative Thought and Language 5] 2020
► pp. 229–262
To those walking in the footsteps of the faith
Deliberate metaphor in the Pauline epistles
This paper investigates deliberate metaphors in the Pauline epistles in the framework of Deliberate Metaphor Theory (DMT), which targets metaphors that require conscious processing (Steen, 2009), but also with reference to other threads of metaphor research that pay attention to phenomena of deliberateness. Focus is on metaphors that exhibit deliberateness through their content. For these metaphors, deliberateness emerges through alienation, which highlights the differences between the two domains that are brought together in the metaphor. Three techniques of alienation are identified, using an ill-fitting literal (or source) domain for the metaphor, using contradicting source domains for the same metaphor, and using an internally flawed source domain. Many of these metaphors are motivated in that they convey a clear message that emerges through the alienation.
Keywords: metaphor, Pauline epistles, Deliberate Metaphor Theory, Conceptual Metaphor Theory, alienation
Published online: 08 April 2020
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