Understanding how metaphors are used in the Bible is an essential tool for reading biblical poetry. Anytime someone describes one thing to describe another thing, they are using metaphorical thinking whether they realize it or not. Metaphors are everywhere in the Bible and in our everyday speech. In this video, we’ll explore this crucial aspect of biblical language.

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  1. "'We' do not take responsibility for decisions taken by the veiwer based solely on the information provided in this video."This is a work of fiction and non-fiction. Any names or characters, businesses or places, events or incidents, are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

  2. Be careful what you accept as a metaphor and dismiss from the bible as an fictional event. The Bible explains itself as it is. No need to discredit the creation as a methaphor when it clearly is not in the Genesis context, future history and geneology.

  3. I was born with aphantasia it’s were u don’t possess a minds eye so I always found it hard to read biblical text bc I have to have visuals to understand that why I’m so thankful for your videos help me understand god so much more than before and I’m really greatful for that:)

  4. To build on this imagery of land/sea…. Noah was saved from the sea by his Ark, which is a shadow of Christ's perfect works which saves us from the current flood (sin).

    Go deeper….

    Moses used the staff of God to split the SEA, so the God's people could be led through it without touching it, just as Christ's spirit sanctifies us (sets us apart) from the works of our filthy rags righteousness (sin/our metaphorical sea.)

    Go deeper…

    Christ comes from Nazareth (literally meaning "chute or branch"), which is in the land of Galilee (which the high lords referred to as a land of "nothing.") So Christ, sprouts out like a "chute from nothing" (spontaneous/virgin birth), into Capernaum. Capernaum is a city by the sea, which has a name that means "consolation of being sorry" (repentance… Jesus gathers disciples from repentant hearts). Capernaum is also a city that borders Zebulun and Nephtali. Zebulun is a name meaning "gift" or "dowry"(inheritance? Grace?) And Nephtali is a name derived from "struggle." So Christ meets our repentant hearts as a gift with our struggle. Also… Notice how many of Christ's disciples were men who worked in the sea. They dropped their nets and followed him, just as we are to drop our works of sin to receive him.

    Let's take it further.

    We are all familiar with the story of the storm while the disciples were out to sea. Christ calmed the seas. A shadow of his authority over the wrath of our sin. Jesus walking on the water is another image of His authority over death. (The sea ultimately represents death.) When Peter walks on the water with Christ, it is only when he takes his eyes away from Christ in fear that "death" begins to swallow him up. When they get back on the boat, they immediately find themselves on land (God's grace.)

    Finally, looking in the last chapters of Revelation, we read that there is a "new heaven and a new earth, and the see (sin/death) was no more."

    The imagery is fantastical when taken literally, but all of this occurs on Golgotha… "The place of the skull."…. In your HEAD!

  5. I study Applied Linguistics and I'm taking a course on Metaphors at the moment. This is the first time I see this expansive explanation of metaphors associated to the Bible, linking them to every aspect of language and not limiting it to literary analysis. Yes, metaphors are part and parcel of language! And you guys presented Lakoff & Johnson's ideas in an amazing way! Kudos for this channel, packing rich information through very attractive artwork. God bless you!

  6. One thing to consider is that many of the people who lived in those times did not value/ have access to education. They only understood the world based on what they saw and experienced. So the only way to teach scripture was by using the knowledge they already understood, so if you were a fisherman, farmer, baker, etc the bible/characters in the bible would use metaphors incorporating things from those professions as a teaching tool. This is why Jesus used parables a lot. Like when he said to the three fishermen ",,I will make you fishers of men." He would then talk about how some fish are slippery and others are scaly etc

  7. Thank you for your love. We love you very much. BP Am a mother of three beautiful children, and I have the privilege to teach them at 🏡. Your proyect have been a wonderful tool, eye opening to be more kind and loving mom. Thank you 💜

  8. Before you read the Bible, why not to ask WHY THE BIBLE IS CORRUPTED. The Bible is filled with many errors, hundreds of contradictions, and many false prophecies. I can prove it to you with many examples from the Bible itself.

    MEANWHILE, please listen to this Bible Professor with Master of Divinity, PhD in New Testament Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Bible professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is telling you about the Bible he is still teaching

    Go to YouTube look for Misquoting Jesus in the Bible – Professor Bart D. Ehrman

    THE BIBLE IS NOT THE WORD OF GOD

  9. these "new" guys who narrate bible project make a lot of speculation, the temple is not a garden sound-bit 3:40 or if it is where does it say so in the Bible. although there are scriptures that someone may draw a conclusion, speculation, that eden was a temple, the Bible says it is a garden: bible project is making an inference and should use the principle speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where the Bible is silent. bible project is on dangerous ground

  10. This is a great video, but I thought it worth mentioning that the Garden wasn't described with language used about the temples; it was actually the other way around. The temple was described using descriptors of the garden of Eden. It had images of palm trees decorating it. The temple was the representation of the Garden to Israel, reminding them of what they'd lost and what God will restore to His people.

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