The role and place of metaphor in biblical language keeps
attracting scholarly interest. Of all the books of the Bible, the
Psalms provide the richest cache of metaphors for God. The Psalter
is a cornucopia of metaphor. The biblical authors bring us back to
the concrete world of everyday things, and tell us that we can talk
about God perfectly well without having to indulge in conceptual or
abstract ways of thinking and speaking. The present study entitled
God as Rock in the Psalter brings the study of metaphorical
language back to the heart of Psalm scholarship. The author carries
out his research by analyzing a few selected Psalms (Pss 18; 19;
28; 31; 42; 62; 71; 73; 78; 89; 92; 94; 95; 144). In fact, a full
70 percent of the occurrences of "Rock" in the Psalter are
allusions to God. The occurrences of "God as Rock" at the
beginning, middle and end of the psalms; and at the beginning and
end of the books of Samuel; end of the book of Deuteronomy;
beginning of the Psalter (Pss 18; 19); middle of the Psalter (Ps
78) and at the end of the Psalter (Ps 144), is a clear testimony
that the address "God, my Rock" is a creative form of language and
is a norm or standard when speaking of Yahweh.
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