Figures

Friday, Nov. 25                                   

Roy Zuck in his book Basic Bible Interpretation cites (p.143) W. MacNiele Dixon’s evaluation of figures of speech:

“If I were asked what has been the most powerful force in the making of history . . . I should have answered . . . figurative expression.  It is by imagination that men have lived; imagination rules all our lives.  The human mind is not, as philosophers would have you think, a debating hall, but a picture gallery . . . Remove the figurative expressions from the Bible and its living spirit vanishes . . . The prophets, the poets, the leaders of men are all of them masters of imagery, and by imagery they capture the human soul.”

What a profound observation.  All cultures and languages are loaded with figures of speech.  Poets have capitalized on this, but orators, business people, leaders of all kinds would get no where without figures of speech.  Our daily mundane conversations are laced with them.  (Did you catch the graphic picture of the word “laced” here?) The Bible is a catalog (another graphic picture) of figures of speech.  There are about 200 parables alone, and thousands of other figures of speech.  Keep this in mind as I share with you the use of parables in the Bible.

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