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Bible translators have, through inattention to figures of speech, made serious translation blunders, clouding the real meaning of many important passages of God's Word. Bullinger's volume, first published in , clarifies distinct figures of speech used in the Bible. Walter C. Kaiser, dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, calls it "the best handbook on figures of speech. It should be on every exegete's shelf. In systematic order, this classic gives the proper pronunciation of each figure of speech, its etymology or origin, and a number of Scripture passages where the figure of speech is used, giving full explanation of its use in each context.
Figures of Speech Used in the Bible cites nearly eight thousand Bible passages and includes five appendices and seven indexes, making it even more valuable as a reference tool. It is extremely technical, yet indispensible in understanding subtleties in scripture. Love this as a reference book and wouldn't be without it. Bullinger put a lot of time and effort into writing this one and it comes in handy when studying the scriptures. I have had mine for a long time and bought this one for a gift.
Delmarva Publications, Inc. Figures of Speech Used in the Bible. Bullinger, E. Note according Acrostic Authorized Version beginning blessed blood body bring called cause Christ clause clear coming Compare Correspondence current Text dead death desire earth effect Ellipsis emphasize English Bible evil examples expression fact faith Father figure flesh former give given glory Greek hand hast hath hear heart heaven Hebrew Hence Holy important Israel Jehovah Jesus judgment kinds king land latter lines literally live Lord margin means Metonymy nature noun passage person praise prayer present receive reference rendered repeated repetition Revised Version Scripture seen sense sentence shalt sins soul speak Spirit supplied taken thee things thou thought translated true unto verb verse whole word.
Figures of Speech Used in the Bible: Explained and Illustrated
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. But how true to feeling it is!
Figures of Speech in the Bible by E.W. Bullinger