Original Research - Special Collection: HTS 75th Anniversary Maake Masango Dedication

A cognitive analysis of Proverbs 1:20–33

Pieter M. Venter
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 4 | a5257 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i4.5257 | © 2019 Pieter M. Venter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 September 2018 | Published: 15 May 2019

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Pieter M. Venter, Department Old Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

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This article uses cognitive linguistics and an embodied cognitive approach to analyse the passage of Proverbs 1:20–33. The poem, presented as a prophetic threat, uses metaphoric language to depict the dialogue between personified wisdom and metaphorised human beings. The analysis indicates that there is a coherence of metaphors in the target domain shared by both metaphorised source domains of wisdom and the hearers. Using bodily metaphors it stresses the need of wisdom to be internalised by men.


Cognitive analysis; Metaphoric language; Lady wisdom; Proverbs 1; Poem


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