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CHAPTER FOUR Predications of Non-Gender-Based Imagery While it seems that the use of sexual imagery is common to human be- ings everywhere, as we have seen, neither the character of such images nor their relation to social experience are fixed or universal. Within any local setting, sexual images are only one among many sets of metaphors of identity and their use is both unpredictable a priori and ever-changing from the point of view of those who use them. Andrea Cornwall and Nancy Lindisfarne, ―Dislocating Masculinity‖ n the previous chapter I applied masculinity theory to the task of evaluating the gender imagery in Hosea. Hosea contains many other types of imagery, however, which I will address in this chapter.1 I have divided these images into seven categories: parent-child, sickness and healing, hunting, animal, agriculture, plant, and natural phenomena. In each of these metaphor fields, identities are predicated upon YHWH and upon the audience. These images serve to establish YHWH‘s place in the social space and to move the audience into less optimal places. In this chapter I will undertake three tasks. First, I will identify and explore the details of the imagery presented in the book in each of the categories. In addition to strictly metaphorical images, I will examine some of the more literal language that helps to fill out the categories. Next, I will evaluate implications of the imagery for the placement and movement of YHWH and the audience along the axes of activity, poten- cy, and goodness....
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