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Acta Theologica

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CLAASSENS, L.J.. From traumatic to narrative memories: the rhetorical function of birth metaphors in Micah 4-5. Acta theol. [online]. 2018, vol.38, suppl.26, pp.221-236. ISSN 2309-9089.

This article proposes that trauma hermeneutics and, in particular, greater theoretical reflection on the relationship between trauma and metaphor may help explain the birth metaphors in Micah 4:9-5:3, where the woman-in-labour metaphor has been transformed quite dramatically. In the context of Micah, which I propose could also be characterized as trauma literature, there is evidence of a movement from potentially debilitating traumatic memories, associated with the woman-in-labour metaphor, to memories that have been integrated into some kind of narrative framework and that may potentially be considered to be a sign of healing and recovery.

Keywords : Trauma hermeneutics; Micah 4-5; Birth metaphors.

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