On November 21, I presented a paper at the ETS national meeting entitled, “Metaphor in the New Testament: Catching Up to the Conversation on Contemporary Metaphor Theory.” This arises out some of my dissertation work, which deals with the theory of metaphor and how to interpret certain metaphors in the Gospel of Luke.
The paper discusses the four main theories of metaphor that have been prominent from the time of Aristotle to the present day, with a particular focus on the current “orthodoxy” within linguistics pertaining to Conceptual Metaphor Theory and Conceptual Blending. I then discussed a few examples, such as the “fishers of men” in Matt 4:19 (hence the header image above) and atonement metaphors in Paul’s letters and Hebrews.
- Audio of the talk
- Handout from the presentation
- Bibliography of major OT and NT works done in recent years on metaphor