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This chapter provides summary of the book, which introduces the text as well as the findings and methodology of Conceptual Blending and Metaphor Theory. This monograph sets out to establish findings in two separate but related areas. The first question addressed was methodological: can one use contemporary cognitive blending theory to analyze an ancient text? The second question concerns the way that women are viewed in Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum: how do these women's portraits relate to Pseudo-Philo's overall theology and ideology? Conceptual blending analysis provides a more powerful and accurate methodology than Robert Alter's narrative analysis. Virtually ignored in studies of Pseudo-Philo are the questions of how rewritten bible establishes authority for its theology and ideology, or, more accurately, how the author goes about invoking authority for her point of view.

Keywords: Conceptual Blending; ideology; Metaphor Theory; Pseudo-Philo; Robert Alter; theology



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