Metaphor, history and reality in the New Testament
CITATION: Dormeyer, D. 1992. Metaphor, history and reality in the New Testament. Scriptura, 40:18-29, doi:10.7833/40-0-1682.
The original publication is available at http://scriptura.journals.ac.za
This article deals with the crisis of tradition. The question is whether the concept ‘Gospel’ plays the same role in our time as in our time as in the past, and also whether it means the same thing in Paul as in the narrative books. Mark has a paradoxical conception of ‘Gospel’. Central terms and myth are also related to each other by religious metaphor. The term Christ of God is to be taken as metaphor. The Gospel of God is a weak /distant metaphor. Christians must form new metaphors in order to signify the changing of all values caused by Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. The relation between metaphor and reality is discussed, and applied to narratives. The biographical dimension of special metaphors with proper names and of historical narratives makes it possible to bring history, historical narrative and fictional narrative into a circle, which can be traced in both directions. It is our pragmatic. Rhetorical situation which determines whether the composed metaphor is to be comprehended as a distant metaphor or as a concept.
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