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Animal Imagery As A Hermeneutical Tool For Analyzing The Conceptual Polarity In Qoheleth

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Qoheleth employs a wide variety of expressive modes for his observations and sketches a procedure for investigation. This chapter examines the rhetorical impact of two aphorisms that involve animal imagery. An examination of their syntactic and thematic settings shed light on two well-known scholarly problems, the conceptual aspect and literary aspect. Qoheleth links the holelot 'madness' of human behavior and wicked deeds &t;under the sun&t; with the perception of death as the expected end of all human beings. Qoheleth's gloomy observation of life is connected with the perception of ineluctable mortality. The aphorism &t;even a live dog is better than a dead lion&t; illuminates this dark reflection from a different perspective.

Keywords: animal imagery; conceptual aspect; human behavior; literary aspect; Qoheleth



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