Biblical Ambiguities: Metaphor, Semantics, and Divine by Professor David H Aaron

By Professor David H Aaron

It's scholarly in its technique. even if, the conclusions are only that the Bible comprises ambiguities and that a few ambiguities are extra ambiguous than others. Ambiguity might functionality as a Bible code, yet God will let us know while the scrolls can be undone.

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A non-binary conceptualization of meaning 47 quently couched in what most scholars consider poetry. We are left to ponder why the literature regularly appeared with the structures that it did. To wonder such a thing, we must presume the existence of more than one way to express myth. And so we ask further, Could the Canaanite author, in writing about Baal, have exercised an option to tell his story in prose? Unfortunately, we do not have such literary creations from the Mesopotamian or Canaanite world.

This, then, is our first step toward creating a truly gradient model of interpretation. We must recognize that individual units of expression convey meaning on the basis of typicality conditions rather than necessary conditions, and that those conditions require an underlying (shared) strategy between speaker and interpreter. Both typicality conditions and the role of authorial intent must be seen as two interrelated aspects of a gradient model of judgment. Moreover, it must be understood that the variables can be constantly in a state of flux, requiring that questions as to authorial intent need to be surveyed frequently and with consistent criteria in place.

26 It is not worth pursuing here in too much detail, but suffice it to point out that dynasty is hardly a legitimate condition for kingship. If it were, kingship would have to be part of an infinite regress. But new dynasties are possible, and the first king of a dynasty, by definition, could not fulfill such a requirement. Moreover, many have argued that there existed elaborate reenthronement rituals that the Israelites acted out each year during Sukkot. This, too, seems to have parallels in down-to-earth practices.

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