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Figurative Language Dataset

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Overview

The New Testament is full of figurative language, including metaphor, simile, metonymy as well as other types of non-literal expressions. Figurative language is deeply meaningful, but it is often either overlooked, or difficult to understand (John 16:29). The Lexham Figurative Language of the New Testament Dataset (FLD) solves this problem by providing a structured dataset of important figurative expressions in the New Testament. Although there are several reference books that help readers understand figurative concepts in the Bible, these books typically function as encyclopedias, providing lengthy discussions of various figurative concepts (e.g., shepherd, father). By contrast, The FLD provides a rich verse-by-verse annotation, where each figurative expression is given a figurative category, source and target terms that represent the figurative concept (source) and intended meaning (target), and a brief description. In addition, source and target terms are linked to related Factbook concepts, as well as to related concepts in reference works. The FLD is fully searchable within Logos, allowing users to find and compare uses of figurative language throughout the Bible.

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