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A cognitive linguistic approach to the emotion of anger in the Old Testament

Zacharias Kotzé
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 60, No 3 | a612 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v60i3.612 | © 2004 Zacharias Kotzé | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 October 2004 | Published: 17 December 2004

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Zacharias Kotzé, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Abstract

This article reviews several approaches to the study of anger in the Old Testament. It focuses on the use of methodology in these trends with specific reference to the common neglect of Classical Hebrew terminology and expressions relating to the emotion of anger. Such styles lead to an impoverished understanding of the ideal cognitive model of anger as reflected in Classical Hebrew. By contrast, the few recent cognitive linguistic studies on the same subject prove to be far more successful in giving a detailed account of the ancient Israelite conceptualisation of this emotion.

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