Genres And Figures Of Speech Essay
Apodictic Law One of two major types of legal material present in the Old Testament, apodictic law deals in matters of moral and religious concerns, explicit in defining right and wrong. Referred to as the “absolute law,” it addresses the audience in second person using direct commands. Two well-known types of apodictic law are prohibition and admonition (Klein, Blomberg, & Hubbard, Jr., 1993). Prohibition directly commands in a negative fashion, for example, “You shall not …show more content…
An example is Psalm 98:8; the rivers and mountains represent people (Klein, et al., 1993).
Amphibologia refers to a phrase or word that has double meanings and both meanings are true. In John 19:22 Pilate’s response “What I have written, I have written” first states “a matter of fact” and second, “to dismiss an inconvenient subject” (“Amphibologia”, 2016, para. 8).
A prophetic symbol, type symbolizes Old Testament people or events that relate to New Testament antitypes (“Literary Forms in the Bible”, 2016). Romans 5:14 speaks of Adam as “the one to come,”, meaning Christ, as an example. Having a familiarity with the various genres and figures of speech found in the Bible, an individual will discover new meanings as they read it. Found in both Old and New Testament, the genres discussed provide an overview of history, prophecy, and law in the Bible. Figures of speech appearing haphazard at best bring to light new significance to the author’s