Martor No. 20 / Year 2015
Author: Raluca Boboc
About the author:
Teaching fellow at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures
E-mail: raluca.boboc at gmail dot com
Keywords: body, wisdom, metaphor, sense, world-view
In the book of Proverbs, body metaphors are plentiful. Conceived as an invitation to an assumed literal reading of a text presenting a doctrine of wisdom in a language abounding in images of the body, this paper is a challenge to discern Hebrew mechanisms of representing corporeality by means of philologic investigation. The target is to set strategies of reading the body in the text by focusing on the sense organs. This exercise rewards by the approach to the human body it reveals and contributes to the reconstruction of the worldview encapsulated in the Old Hebrew language.
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