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Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. Bullinger describes distinct Scripture figures of speech, defined as a word or sentence in a peculiar form, different from its original or simplest meaning or. Figures of Speech Used In The Bible. E. W. Bullinger. Scripture. Theology. New Testament. Old Testament. How to Read the Bible.

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Introduction Copyright – by Mario D. This aspect of Bible study has been a favorite since when I was introduced to the bulpinger. These ways of using words are as useful today as they were milleniums ago. Figures of Speech can be used for books, articles and speeches. When used skillfully, they are a higher level of communication than just a strict literal language. Whether or not you believe the ibble, these arrangements or words are worth learning now. Also read a favorite topic: The Parable of the Unjust Steward.

This page is about the figurative aspect of scripture and Dr. His bible study resource is indespensible: I offer a few comments to clarify the nature of Fig. Bullinger’s list at the end has short descriptions, but if you can order his book, it can launch your study. A great difficulty for people is not a lack of scripture, but that they have it in pieces. Almost speedh can open a Bible and read verses and understand a few passages.

But for many folks, the Bible is gigures a box of jigsaw pieces: Even people of the Bible faced similar challenges about understanding scripture Acts 8: How can I, except some man should guide me? The scrolls and texts they read contained the same Fig. Even centuries ago, Fig. An expert chef can prepare one kind of meat a dozen ways using different spices: Meats can be made sweet, and candy can be made spicy.

The strength and variations almost see no limits. Likewise, thoughts can be inserted into statements and paragraphs a dozen ways with different Fig. A wide angle lens can be to photography, what a figure of speech is to words. Some figures lessen emphasis like Euphamism.

Others magnify extremely like exaggeration. With an ultra wide angle lens, we can make the tree in front look huge and the person behind seem small.

Or, place the person in front making the discoverer look bigger than their discovery. We can also hold the camera and lens to include everything, as Asyndeton many ands emphasizes every figurfs in a paragraph. Figurative words used with skill and precision are even more effective and versatile, because a paragraph may absorb a half dozen figures, whereas a camera typically has one lens attached.


The Bible is an eastern book. The words, context and vocabulary pertain to people of a land to our east. And the words of the Bible are ancient as well as eastern.

In the west of present times, people may say “she kicked the bucket” to express fihures a woman died. Now then, why not understand that during ancient times in the East, death or a stroke was expressed by “became a pillar of salt”.

As in the account of Lot’s wife. Why should kicking the bucket sound less rediculous than becoming a pillar of salt? Either way, both statements mean the same. Or do we see a figure of speech?

Figures of speech used in the Bible:

God inspired a perfect Psalm Scripture says in 2 Peter 1: The men did not author the content. They had their own vocabulary, and speaking according to God’s energizing, every figure of speech they used, incurred perfection.

Without properly understanding Fig.

Some people teach that Fig. One example is “Many Ands” or “Polysyndeton” can be factual. A figure of speech may deviate from fact, or instead may be an arrangement of factual words. It’s better to say that if a words deviate from fact, they can be a figure of speech. Again, that is innacurate. A figure of speech like euphamism can reduce attention or bbile a situation, like in the old testament where David was in a cave where Saul was “covering his feet. The arrangement of words may or may not draw attention.

Used in the Bible by Dr. Bullingerhe wrote about a train: But as soon as it starts slowing, passengers may react bibel turning heads to see what is going on, because momentum changed. He compared the train to how Fig. That is another aspect worth teaching for some of the figures. On this subject, Dr. Bullinger’s book is basically the most outstanding collection of knowledge about Fig. Figjres provides names of Fig.

Figures of Speech Used In The Bible. E. W. Bullinger. Scripture. Figure of Speech

The book is worth reading, even for casual learning of Fig. Used in the Bible” by Dr. Bullinger for thorough explanations. This list is not intimidating if you have a hunger to learn. I picked one figure of speech figurex night from his book. This list should offer a glimpse into just how thorough Dr. Bullinger was about studying this.


Bullinger: Figures of Speech Used in the Bible

Affecting the sense, by way of:. Affecting the meaning and usage of words 2. Affecting the order and arrangement of words 3. Affecting the application of words, as to:. Home Contact Over Other Pages. Affecting the bul,inger, by way of: Affecting the application of words, as to: Where the omitted word or words are to be supplied from the nature of the subject. Noun and Pronouns Gen.

Verbs and participles Gen. Certain connected speeh in the same member of a passage Gen. A whole clause in a connected passage Gen.

Where the omitted word is to be supplied from a cognate word in the context Ps. Where the omitted word is to be supplied from a related or contrary word Gen. Where the omitted word is to be supplied from analogous or related words Gen. Where the omitted word is contained in another word, the one word comprising the two significations Gen. Simple; where the Ellipsis is to be supplied from a preceding or a succeding clause Gen. Complex; where the two clauses are mutually involed, and the Ellipsis in the former clause is to be supplied from the latter; and, at the same time, an Ellipsis in the latter clause it be supplied from the former Hebrews Zeug’-ma ; or, Unequal Yoke When one verb is yoked on to two subjects, while grammatically a second verb is required.

Proto-zeugma, or, Ante-yoke or Fore-yoke Gen. Meso-zeugma, or, Middle yoke Luke 1: Hypo-zeugma, or End yoke Acts 4: Syne-zeugmenon, or, Joint yoke Ex. A-syn’-de-ton ; or, No-Ands Mark 7: The usual conjunction is omitted, so that the point to be emphasised may be quickly reached and ended with an emphatic climax compare to Polysyndeton, and Luke Aph-aer’-e-sis ; or, Front Cut Jer. The cutting off of a letter or syllable from the beginning of a word. Ap-o-si-opes’-is ; or, Sudden Silence It may be associated with: Anger and threatening Gen.

Grief and complaint Gen. Inquiry and deprecation John 6: Mei-o’-sis ; or a Belittleing Gen. A belittleing of one thing to magnify another.