In Words and Pictures: the Sun in 2 Samuel 12:7-12

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Abstract

A cognitive web with different layers of emotion spreads over the text of 2 Samuel 12, in which the sun plays an important role. The unique linguistic combinations in vv. 11-12 show the sun's personified role. Iconographic study clarifies the sun as an image loaded with strong emotional feelings. Thus, it becomes understandable why the sun could function for the contemporaneous reader as a metonym which activates the contiguity between the character of David and a material object, possibly the sun emblem on the royal throne. It is before the vigilant eye of this sun, as the all-seeing judge, that Yhwh 's verdict will be executed. Every reader since, all those who know of the sun's cultural and religious power as well as of Yhwh 's, all those who read in the textual context about desire, lust and murder and about the king's devotion to the royal throne, can experience the sparks of thrill and fear in this text.

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