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Title: The metaphors of St Paul : classified and discussed
Author: Turner, Charles C.
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1956
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This work which consists of an investigation and study of the metaphors of St. Paul has been primarily concerned with a classification of his metaphors according to the areas from which the illustrations are drawn. The dominant impression which we have obtained in this rather close and comprehensive examination of the apostle's figurative language is that of the number, the variety and the importance of the metaphors in Paul's writing and in his thinking. We have determined, that there are eleven major areas from which the apostle draws his illustrations. These areas consist of metaphors from agriculture, anatomy, architecture, military life, athletics, political life, commerce, slavery, domestic affairs, sacrifice and law. The metaphors serve as avenues for the appreciation and understanding of the apostle as a writer, a man and a theologian. They reveal the richness and originality of his style by their variety and by the treatment which he gives to them. His metaphors mark him as a man of an exceptionally virile and social nature. From the point of view of theology our investigation shows that Paul projected every major aspect of his thinking on the plane of metaphor. And thus because of this fullness of metaphor with which his theology is intentionally set forth and because of the fact that he treats a single idea under widely different figures it is doing the apostle Paul a severe injustice to impose upon his thinking any rigid or dogmatic theological system.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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