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Implications of Genre

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Kinds of meaning and types of meaning are two of the main ideas in the book, "The Language and Imagery of the Bible," by G. B. Caird. Proverbs are short, pithy sayings that express a general truth. Exceptions are allowed. A good example of an exception to a proverb is the book of Job.


The Implications of Genre

Part 1

I. G. B. Caird, The Language and Imagery of the Bible

A. Chapter 1 - Two Kinds of Language

1. Referential

2. Commissive

B. Chapter 2 - Types of Meaning

1. Referent = Subject matter

2. Value = Significance

3. Entailment = Implication

4. Sense = Meaning

5. Intention = Meaning (if author is competent)


The Implications of Genre

Part 2

II. The Genre of Proverbs

A. Definition: A short, pithy saying that expresses a general truth - exceptions are allowed.

B. Examples

1. Proverbs 3:9-10

2. Proverbs 10:3-4

3. Proverbs 13:21

4. Proverbs 15:1

5. Proverbs 22:6

6. Proverbs 22:16

7. Matthew 6:21

8. Matthew 26:52

9. Luke 16:10

10. 1 Corinthians 15:33

C. Difference between biblical proverbs and other proverbs

D. The Problem of Job

1. Job 4:7-9

2. Job 5:15

3. Job 8:3-4, 5-7

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