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Title: The Belligerent Woman in Song 1,9
Author(s): VERDE, Danilo , VAN HECKE, Pierre
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 98    Issue: 2   Date: 2017   
Pages: 208-226
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.98.2.3217843

Abstract :
Although the military meaning of Song 1,9 is heatedly debated, a cognitive linguistic analysis supports a martial interpretation. Such a warlike image, underscored by its marked word order (syntactic level), presents the Song’s woman as powerful and irresistible (conceptual level). Furthermore, while the representation of the woman in military terms is in line with both the rest of the poem and the broad conceptual universe of its Umwelt, Song 1,9 presents aesthetic and conceptual aspects of novelty, enriching not only the figurative language but also the concept of woman in Ancient Israel’s milieu (pragmatic level).

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