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Animal Imagery As A Literary And Artistic Device

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The Bible uses various terms to designate flying creatures. These inclusive terms for winged creatures are part of the basic classification of the animals of earth, air, and water, fish of the sea, beasts of the field, cattle, and reptiles. In both the biblical and the Egyptian admonitions, wealth is pictured as a winged creature that flies away, the vulture in Proverbs, and geese, common in Egypt. The drunkard's ultimate destiny is dramatized by two separate images. One exemplifies the consequences of drinking wine as like the sensation of the bite of a poisonous viper and the other compares him to a man sleeping in mid-ocean on the top of a mast during a violent storm. The images of snake and viper are ironically related to the interpretation of the term aharit.

Keywords: aharit; air; animal imagery; Bible; earth; Egypt; water; wine



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