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Title: The Ruined Vineyard Motif in Isaiah 1-39
Subtitle: Insights from Cognitive Linguistics
Author(s): ABERNETHY, Andrew T.
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 99    Issue: 3   Date: 2018   
Pages: 334-350
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.99.3.3285365

Abstract :
This article utilizes Cognitive Linguistics to present a stronger conceptual understanding of the motif of the ruined vineyard in Isaiah 1-39. First, a relations approach to utterances illuminates the function of particular terms used to describe the ruined vineyard (שׁמיר and אמלל ;שׁית). Second, a domains approach to the ruined vineyard demonstrates how agriculture, society, and theological assessment inform this motif. The centrality of the vine within the fabric of society and its correspondence with peace and joy make the vine’s destruction amidst war a powerful symbol in Isaiah 1-39 for capturing the weighty reality of divine, violent judgment.

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