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To know what is before one’s face: Group-specific metaphors and the composition of the Gospel of Thomas

J Liebenberg
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 58, No 2 | a565 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v58i2.565 | © 2002 J Liebenberg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 October 2002 | Published: 17 December 2002

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J Liebenberg, University of South Africa, South Africa

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This article uses the insights of second-generation cognitive linguistics to interpret some of the metaphoric sayings in the Gospel of Thomas. It is an attempt to show
how the identification and use of conventional metaphors  influence the understanding of poetic language. Group-specific metaphors, as a manifestation of basic conventional metaphors, are identified, providing a conceptual framework against which some Thomas sayings are interpreted. These basic metaphors then
provide cohesion for the interpretation of some apparently disparate sayings in the Gospel of Thomas.


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