"Fishers of humans," the contemporary theory of metaphor, and conceptual blending theory

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Wassell, Blake E. and Llewelyn, Stephen R.. (2014). "Fishers of humans," the contemporary theory of metaphor, and conceptual blending theory. Journal of Biblical Literature. 133(3), pp. 627-646. https://doi.org/10.1353/jbl.2014.0030
AuthorsWassell, Blake E. and Llewelyn, Stephen R.
Abstract

The present study argues for a new interpretation of the expression “fishers of humans” that is sensitive to current understandings of intertextuality, narrative, and metaphor. “Fishers of humans” is treated as a metaphorical expression, being viewed through the apposite lenses of the Contemporary Theory of Metaphor (CTM) and Conceptual Blending Theory (CBT). Both theories emphasize the role of a metaphorical expression’s immediate context, and thus the Markan narrative is analyzed closely; intratextuality is valued over intertextuality. Metaphor is seen to enhance not just the Markan characterization of the Twelve but also a historical construction that takes into consideration their emergence in Jesus’ public career. By way of CTM, the expression’s underlying conceptual metaphor is deduced as A PROCLAIMER OF THE KINGDOM IS A FISHER. Further, the evocation of transformed social identity is affirmed by an application of CBT.

Year2014
JournalJournal of Biblical Literature
Journal citation133 (3), pp. 627-646
PublisherSociety of Biblical Literature
ISSN0021-9231
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1353/jbl.2014.0030
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84907814746
Page range627-646
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