THE METAPHORICAL DEPICTION OF NINEVEH’S DEMISE: THE USE OF THE LOCUST ‘MARKED METAPHOR’ IN NAHUM 3: 15-17
The passage Nahum 3: 15-17 operates within a context in which the theme of de-struction is expounded. Various references of locusts as part of simile are used to speak about the threat and downfall of Nineveh, the symbol of Assyrian power, and some of its influential people. The article aims not only to to discuss the various applications of the locust metaphor in the designated verses, but also to argue how this metaphor is used effectively to speak mockingly about the dreaded power of Assyria, symbolised by Nineveh, her officials and people. In this article, the effective use of the locust ‘marked metaphor’ is discussed in an attempt to illustrate to the vulnerability and fleeting nature of the power of the once dominant Assyria. The oracle functions to encourage the people of Judah to envisage a display of Yahweh’s power to cause the downfall of the enemy.
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