How to Study the Bible

An In-Depth Study of the Book of Galatians


Assignment Eleven

 

          Figurative language comes in many forms. See how many examples of the following you can find in the book of Galatians

 

          Simile: An explicit comparison between two things, usually marked by words such as “as,” “like,” “such as,” “as ... so.” (Examples: Revelation 1:14; Psalm 42:1)


 

          Metaphor: An implied comparison between two things. (Examples: John 15:5; Ephesians 6:17)


 

          Exaggeration or hyperbole: A deliberate exaggeration for emphasis (Examples: Psalm 119:20; Matthew 23:24)


 

          Metonymy: A close association between two objects where one object is used to represent the second object (Examples: Mark 1:5; Luke 22:20)


 

          Synecdoche: A portion is used to represent the whole or the whole is used to represent the part. Sometimes seen when a singular noun is used for a plurality or a plural noun is used for a single object. (Examples: Mark 1:5; Jeremiah 25:29)


 

          Personification: An object is given characteristics or attributes that belong to people. (Example: Isaiah 55:12)


 

          Irony: A statement which says the opposite of what is meant. A rhetorical question is a form of irony. (Example: I Corinthians 4:8; I Kings 22:1-23)