Figures of Speech by E. Bullinger, primary editor of the Companion Bible , is a thorough treatment of "the laws which govern" the "usage and combinations" of words in the Bible. These forms are constantly used by every speaker and writer. It is impossible to hold the simplest conversation, or to write a few sentences without, it may be unconsciously, making use of figures. We may say, 'the ground needs rain': that is a plain, cold, matter-of-fact statement; but if we say 'the ground is thirsty,' we immediately use a figure. It is not true to fact , and therefore it must be a figure.
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Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Many consider Bullinger's handbook to be the best one on the subject. According to Walter Kaiser, "this book should be on every exegete's shelf alongside the Greek and Hebrew lexicons and grammars. He gives for each the pronunciation and etymology of its name, and then a number of passages of Scripture in which it appears, accompanied by a full explanation.
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I often point out their use while teaching Bible study classes, and this book has made that much easier for me. I don't have to guess what kind of figure is being used in a given passage, though I certainly think on it myself to ensure the author is correct.
There is much figurative language in the Bible, and this book helps to sift through all of that. All figurative language is used to add specific emphasis to literal text. One can't understand any literary work well without recognizing the figures of speech used and the emphasis added by them. The Bible is no different. Most "scholars" pick, seemingly at random, what passages they want to view as "figurative," without any rhyme or reason, to match their private interpretation.
The ancient Greeks studied the figures extensively, classified and catalogued them. Their work still holds true in modern English, as it did in ancient Hebrew and Greek. Bullingers work is The Standard. It exhaustively covers the figurative language used in all western languages, showing how to recognize them and the specific emphasis they add. It has examples of each used in the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments. There is no excuse for guessing what is figurative or what it means.
This work is narrowly focused. Bullinger is not trying to justify how he felt the Word should be interpreted. This is a scholarly work about the language. All who write should study this work to truly understand and master their language.
While few people recognise the figures in their language, such as alliteration and metaphors, they are heavily affected by them. Mastering their use will make any author much more effective. Bullinger's work on figures of speech used in the bible is an impressive volume. It's not only the fact that it is so exhaustive and all encompassing, but that it was originally published in - prior to databases, electronic texts and computerized searches!
I feel to stress that this isn't a "readable" book with sentences, paragraphs and a plot per se - but a reference volume, akin to an encyclopedia.
It is categorized into three main sections or "Divisions" as Bullinger calls them; figures involving omission, figures involving addition, and figures involving change - each division containing a host of figures. Some of the figures listed are as basic as duplication or epizeuxis in Greek, such as "My God, my God In fact it's hard to believe that anything could be excluded, but that's not a bad thing.
The scope of this work covers both the Old and New Testament and provides plentiful examples, often employing Hebrew and Greek. And it is certainly a go-to book for anyone interested in figures of speech, idioms and related studies. Bullinger has gone through every paragraph of the bible and written an extensive explanation of the parts of speech.
Some fall short of of the Hebrew roots understanding of speech. But overall a monumental achievement.
The content of the book is very good. Excellent, excellent reference book. Top of the line. However, being that the book is very large and very thick, it should have been a hardcover or at least covered in something better than a paperback cover. My 1st one that came, was shipped in an envelope and got all beat up before it got to me. But Amazon took it back and sent a replacement.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Many consider Bullinger's handbook to be the best one on the subject. According to Walter Kaiser, "this book should be on every exegete's shelf alongside the Greek and Hebrew lexicons and grammars. He gives for each the pronunciation and etymology of its name, and then a number of passages of Scripture in which it appears, accompanied by a full explanation. In all, nearly eight thousand passages are thus cited.
Containing entries cross-referenced and cross-linked to other resources on StudyLight. All language is governed by law; but, in order to increase the power of a word, or the force of an expression, these laws are designedly departed from, and words and sentences are thrown into, and used in, new forms, or figures. The ancient Greeks reduced these new and peculiar forms to science, and gave names to more than two hundred of them. The Romans carried forward this science: but with the decline of learning in the Middle Ages, it practically died out. A few writers have since then occasionally touched upon it briefly, and have given a few trivial examples: but the knowledge of this ancient science is so completely forgotten, that its very name to-day is used in a different sense and with almost an opposite meaning. These manifold forms which words and sentences assume were called by the Greeks Schema and by the Romans, Figura. Both words have the same meaning, viz.