Biblical Donkey

Almalech, Mony (2016) Biblical Donkey. Proceedings of the 12th World congress of IASS, Sofia 2014 : New Semiotics. Between tradition and innovation. ISSN 2414-6862

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The donkey is charged with a rich, important biblical symbolism. Usually the kings choose a strong and combatant animal for ceremonies – a thoroughbred horse, an imposing elephant or even a camel. David has a “royal she-mule”, Solomon is anointed as king on a “wild donkey”. And what does Solomon’s wild donkey signify? Christ enters Jerusalem on “the foal of a she-ass,” as the king of the Jews. How do we account for the fact that in Hebrew the ass’s foal is not a diminutive of the word ‘donkey’, as well as the fact that the she-ass signifies ‘slow pace’ and has nothing in common with the jackass? The paper replies to these curious questions and to the riddle as to why the king of the Jews rides “the foal of a she-ass” and the king is of the tribe of Judah, of whom Jacob/Israel prophesies that he will untie his donkey, just as the apostles set free the ass’s foal for which Jesus Christ sent them. To decode these biblical symbols I use linguo-semiotic approach.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Semiotics of Religion, Bible, Semiotics of colour
Subjects:Language. Linguistics. Literature > Ancient languages
Language. Linguistics. Literature > Comparative linguistics
Logic.Ethics (Moral philosophy).Esthetics. > Theory of knowledge. Epistemology. Semiotic
Sociology.Anthropology > Cultural anthropology
ID Code:3052
Deposited By: Prof. M.A. Almalech
Deposited On:26 Jul 2016 09:15
Last Modified:26 Sep 2017 10:10

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