The path metaphor and the construction of a Schicksalwirkende Tatsphäre in Proverbs 10:1-22:16

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Abstract

Klaus Koch influentially argued that in Proverbs, the world is understood as a schicksalwirkende Tatsphäre—a sphere of activity effecting one’s fate. Act and consequence are intrinsically and organically bound together. Recent scholarship has cast doubt on these views. Some of Proverbs’ imagery, however, does seem to suggest such an act-consequence connection. The ‘path’, for example, is at once moral and salvific, or immoral and destructive. I suggest that through imagery of the path, the sage constructs a metaphorical schicksalwirkende Tatsphäre. It is not intended as an explanation of causality, but as a motivational model to affect the student’s behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-108
JournalVetus Testamentum
Volume69
Issue number1
Early online date21 Jan 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • act-consequence connection
  • path
  • schicksalwirkende Tatsphäre
  • pedagogy
  • imagery
  • Proverbs 10:1-22:16

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