Metaphors for faith ?

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Blair Laird | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Feb 19 2010 6:56 PM

Does anyone now of a good book that shows all the different metaphors for us believing ? I wish Logos word study had a feature that could look up metaphors for different words.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 19 2010 7:02 PM

The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery

(we won't mention how much trouble I had finding the precise name on Logos)

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Blair Laird | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 19 2010 7:12 PM

MJ. Smith:

The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery

(we won't mention how much trouble I had finding the precise name on Logos)

Thanks.. I am surprised that John 1:12 is not there. To as many as received him. I have always seen believing as receiving. I could be wrong but that has always been how I have read it. I know that there are many other words used in place of faith, but this book does not seem to point to them. It seems to just find the one word faith and that is it.

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I went to see if I was alone on this subject, and found baker exegetical in agreement

"The term ἔλαβον (elabon, did receive), a cognate of παρέλαβον (parelabon, received) in 1:11, is parallel to πιστεύω (pisteuō, believe; cf. 5:43–44) (Moloney 1998: 38; Schnackenburg 1990: 1.261). To “receive him” means to entrust oneself to Jesus, to acknowledge his claims, and to confess him (Carson 1991: 125–26). The grammatical construction uses a pendent nominative, with the following clause referring back to it with a personal pronoun (Wallace 1996: 52; Barrett 1978: 163). John 1:12–13 strikes the balance between human responsibility (“to receive,” “to believe”) and divine sovereignty (“born of God”)."

Andreas J. Köstenberger, John, Baker exegetical commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2004), 38.

What I am trying to do is look at all the metaphors, usages of faith. That way I can strike a balance on Lordship salvation and free grace.

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Gary O'Neal | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 19 2010 9:49 PM

Blair Laird:
Does anyone now of a good book that shows all the different metaphors for us believing ?

What about Louw-Nida's domains? I would think this would give you plenty of verses and words to start with.

πάντα εἰς δόξαν θεοῦ ποιεῖτε

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 19 2010 10:21 PM

Blair Laird:
What I am trying to do is look at all the metaphors, usages of faith.

I think the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery is a bit more rhetorically inclined than what you are actually looking for. For what you want to do I have no solid suggestions. Sorry.

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 19 2010 10:43 PM

What you need is for Larry Richards to add another book in his Everything in the Bible series. He's already got one for Every Man, Woman, Angel, Miracle of God, Prayer, Promise, and Teaching of Jesus in the Bible. He needs to do one on Every Metaphor in the Bible. Smile

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Jeff Spry | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2010 3:39 PM

Tom Schreiner and Ardel Caneday wrote "The Race Set Before Us" on the doctrine of perseverance of the saints. Much of their arguments rests on the work they did on the metaphors of saving faith. I taught a 12-week course on that subject and their book became the very backbone of the course. Here is the chapter from my study on that subject:  http://www.mediafire.com/?mtzzzjyg2ml  Borrowed HEAVILY from Schreiner/Caneday here. 

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Jeff Spry | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2010 3:41 PM

Forgot this one: Biblical Metaphors for Faith:  http://www.mediafire.com/?ignzkwknm4y

The first was Biblical Metaphors for Salvation.

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April Pyle | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2010 5:00 PM

It's be a good one.  I found his Encyclopedia of Bible Words in the Bibliography of book being used for a special study and bought the hard copy.  I've not regretted it and have ordered the electronic pre-order.  I find his Bible Reader's Companion to be very helpful when I need something to give me a good understanding of what I'm reading without going into as much detail as say, Warren Wiersbe does. 

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2010 5:59 PM

JeffSpry:

Forgot this one: Biblical Metaphors for Faith:  http://www.mediafire.com/?ignzkwknm4y

Great study, thanks for sharing it. All the sports metaphors very timely with the Olympics going on right now in my city.Smile

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Al | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2010 6:30 PM

LOVE Vancouver.....and I loved it BEFORE the Olympics!

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Blair Laird | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2010 7:19 PM

JeffSpry:

Forgot this one: Biblical Metaphors for Faith:  http://www.mediafire.com/?ignzkwknm4y

The first was Biblical Metaphors for Salvation.

 

Thanks I see they have reference to John 1:12. I disagree with some of it (John 3) seeing the kingdom is not believing. Seeing in that instance seems to be a entrance. No one can enter or see the kingdom unless he is born again. Also there was a lot of misuses on (Eph 2;8) it can very easily be talking about salvation as a gift. There are also instances in the new testament where the demonstrative pronoun points forward. Which would render it (by grace ye are saved through faith and this gift is not of yourselves but of God) if that understanding was taken one would say this gift (salvation) is not of yourselves. I take the first understanding (it does not point to neither faith nor grace, but the context of what the author was trying to portray (salvation).

However despite my disagreements with the author, I very much appreciate you providing this resources. It was helpful.. Thank you ...

 

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Blair Laird | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 20 2010 7:20 PM

Thanks n-e ways, I appreciate you taking the time to look up the proper name in Logos for that resource. Smile

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