Applying Metaphor Identification Procedure (Mipvu) to Biblical Texts

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


2018, Vol. 4. №2

Applying Metaphor Identification Procedure (Mipvu) to Biblical Texts

For citation: Shitikov P. M. 2018. “Applying Metaphor Identification Procedure (MIPVU) to Biblical Texts”. Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates, vol. 4, no 2, pp. 34-43. DOI: 10.21684/2411-197X-2018-4-2-34-43

About the author:

Pyotr M. Shitikov, Cand. Sci. (Philol.), Cand. Div., Associate Professor, Department of Biblical Studies, Tobolsk Theological Seminary;


The theme of this paper refers to applying metaphor identification procedure (MIP) by scientists group of VU of Amsterdam to original (Greek) texts of the Bible. The purpose of the paper is to show that modern methods of linguistic research can be employed profitably in ancient studies. At first, the author shows theoretical basis of the method of metaphor identification procedure. MIPVU consist of steps, which allow to find metaphor in long texts by comprising basic and textual meanings of lexical units. Then we represent the practical results of analysis of John Gospel in Greek. We analyze the text word-by-word with MIPVU method in order to find for finding metaphor related words (MRW). As a result, more than 10 % of nouns, used by John, were marked as MRW. These results can be applied to linguistic, conceptual and translations aspects of metaphor studying. We show that an MIP(VU) is important instrument for metaphor identification, which can be applied to ancient text.


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