Metaphor as Theology – Fred Putnam

In this stimulating lecture, Professor Putnam wades into the realm of the metaphorical, exploring and analyzing what he believes to be the most sustained and continually developed image/metaphor in Scripture describing God. 

Stop for a moment a think what it might be.  Is it a mountain?  A shepherd?  A shield?  A mighty fortress?  Perhaps a king?  Or maybe a warrior?

Professor Putnam believes it is none of these.  Instead, he argues that it is a farmer.  Yes, a farmer.  And you know what?  A very, very good case can be made for it.  And by way of extension, he points out, if Yahweh is a Farmer, then men are plants.  Without delving into the biblical data, of which there is much to consider, just consider common parlance.  We sometimes say that he’s a late bloomer; she’s really blossomed; their relationship is flourishing; they’re finally putting down roots; he uprooted his family for his job; his feet are firmly planted in reality; her father had a fruitful life; that person is withering away; they’re reaping what they sowed; or so and so is a bad apple; or a budding genius; or he’s branching out; or the acorn doesn’t fall from the tree; or he’s a chip off the old block; or he’s a blight on society, etc.

I absolutely love stumbling across a great lecture.  It’s like watching a movie you don’t know anything about, but one you end up totally enjoying. 

Difficulty: Intermediate

Must Listen Factor:  High.  Definitely high.  I loved it, and I think other theology buffs will really enjoy it as well.

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