METAPHORS AND METONYMIES FOR ANGER IN THE OLD TESTAMENT: A COGNITIVE LINGUISTIC APPROACH

Zacharias Kotzé

Abstract


This article emphasises the need of a cognitive linguistic approach to the study of
the emotion of anger in the Old Testament. Most of the works to date have reduced
the concept of wrath to a just principle of retribution. The detailed Classical Hebrew
language of anger, however, reveals important aspects of the ancient Israelite
conceptualisation of this emotion that cannot be fitted into such an abbreviated
view. The ideal cognitive model of anger as construed by the ancient Israelites, was
motivated by cultural, environmental and experiential factors, such as bodily
changes associated with the emotion, aspects of the nonverbal communication of
anger, the ancient Israelite theory of humours and Palestinian fauna and meteorology.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/88-0-998

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