THE קצף FRAME IN THE HEBREW BIBLE

George Mbithi Mutuku

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This paper is about the קצף noun forms in the Bible (Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, hereafter BHS) in the clauses in which it is accompanied by the verb הָיָה (to come/fall) and the preposition עַל (on). The lexical item קצף is one among eleven lexical items in the BHS which have a sense of anger. The findings demonstrate that the קצף occurrences fit within a specific frame, named in this paper as the קצף frame. The קצף frame, I argue, is characterized by קֶצֶף being perceived as an abstract object, which comes out (comes from) the Ego, the one experiencing קצף, and follows an abstract trajectory marked by the verb היה and rests on the landmark identified by the preposition עַל. In addition, it is demonstrated that this frame has a vertical relationship because of, first, the syntactical function of the preposition עַל and second, because of what is termed here as ‘the vertical relational function’ because the Ego is a superior to the landmark—a subordinate. The theological implication of this study is that, קצף functions within the broad context of Justice.

 

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frame, lexical item, ego, trajectory, trajector and landmark

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