George M. Peacock. Springville, Utah: Cedar Fort, 2009. Softbound, 6×9”, 225 pgs. ISBN: 9781599552415
Idioms are as real in holy scripture as are prophecies and parables. Like a cultural shorthand, they describe without using lengthy explanation. Idioms and idiomatic language are words and phrases that express more than the actual words themselves. They paint mental or emotional images and bring intensity to events and feelings described in holy writ.
Idioms may also be meaningless and misleading if the reader has no experience with the culture and language from which they originate. Both mistranslation and cultural differences contribute to the misunderstanding of scriptural idioms.
Phrases such as:
Gird up your loins
Salt of the Earth
Mountain of the Lord’s house, and
Kick against the pricks
Lose their intended effect if they are only taken literally.
In unlocking the idioms, George M. Peacock explains how to identify idioms, what they are, and how learning their meanings adds to your comprehension of the scriptures