TIP of the day: Figures of Speech

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Apr 12 2016 9:24 PM

1. To use the Search for Figures of Speech in the Bible (based on Bullinger rather than a complete list), one needs to find the name of the figure of speech used by Bullinger.

From Help:

Bullinger’s Figures of Speech

This dataset ships a bundle of Figure of Speech labels that mirror information found in Figures of Speech Used in the Bible by E. W. Bullinger. If (and only if) a verse is mentioned in Bullinger’s discussion of a figure of speech, that verse is labeled with that figure of speech. Each label supports:
  •      Name ~ "..." — the title name of the figure, for example “Zeugma” or “Aposiopesis”
  •      Description ~ "..." — the short gloss for the figure, for example “Unequal Yoke” or “Sudden-Silence”

For example:
  •      {Label Figure of Speech WHERE Name ~ "Ellipsis"}

Logos 6 Help (Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2015).

There is an index in Bullinger that provides the names.

2. Well, so much for the first name as an example - it returns zero results. Why? because most of the figures of speech have multiple names and "abominatio" is not the preferred name.

3. Mouse over or a click on the page number gives me the name I will find Logos has used in coding - apodioxis.

4. Here the results match precisely what we would expect from the Bullinger entry.

5.One can also see the attribute values for the Figure of Speech label attributes i.e. what one can use in the Search.

6. One can use the Table of Content trace the Bullinger classification of the figure.

7. One can also see the Label and its attributes through the Information panel.

8. One should be able to look the Figure of Speech up from Tools ==> Library ==> Wikipedia but I appear to have selected an example that is not yet in Wikipedia.

9. So I go to the standard rhetorical reference on line Silva Rhetoricae http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/silva.htm which, as usual, has most of the information I would want. I say most because it includes traditional classical and medieval rhetoric not the work of Groupe µ.

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