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Word pictures and Metaphors respektively

Stylistic Elements



The word pictures and metaphor of the Bible are explained in an exemplary way using the history of Samson.
 

A picture says more than a thousand words

 
The metaphor is also a stylistic device in the Bible to circumvent a more comprehensive description in a simplified form. If a man has a lot of strong and long hair, we can speak of a lion's mane. If he also has large and strong muscles and moves heavy weights back and forth, he is strong as a bear; in English he would be "strong as an ox". To express oneself in metaphors means to use pictorial language in order to replace long explanations with one's pictures. When Samson fights with the lion and tears it apart, it is captured more quickly by an image. And as the French painter has captured it splendidly, Samson tears the lion's mouth apart. If then Samson is still depicted naked, it points to the deeper reason of the tearing of the lion.
 
 

Samson's Youth 1891 - Painter: Léon Bonnat
 
In the history of Samson many terms for him are used metaphorically. He is both Samson and the riddle. He is the young lion and the little goat. He is the dead big lion (aria) as well as the young man. Samson eats from the fruit of his success. As a dead lion, he is the carrion before which one disgusts oneself. It is also the dwelling place of the bees that produce sweet honey.  Children like to eat sweets for their lives, don't they?
The metaphors are symbols, they describe things that are generally valid; they do not explain details. If we want to know more details, then we need to examine the terms in their context in order to recognize and understand the details. If the man already mentioned above comes along with a lion's mane and is strong as a bear, this does not mean that he also sneaks like a cat and has a ravenous appetite.
I would be doing you a disservice if I used the metaphors without explanations; you would have to make a picture out of your own ideas because I was too lazy to explain the meaning. I wouldn't help you, I'd just tighten the knot and make it impossible to break the ball.
Metaphors are a fine thing. With metaphors we can hide and disguise many things. They provide us with air and time so that we can act and react prudently in the conflicts of our everyday life.

Pirctures first and foremost address our feelings, but that is not enough to understand the story of Simson in particular. Therefore we also need the plain text. You can find it here -> Plain Text


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