SPECIAL TOPIC: SHADOW AS METAPHOR FOR PROTECTION AND CARE

The idiom of "shadow" was common in the ANE.  Note the examples in the Bible.

1. idiom of protection, Isa. 16:3; 30:2-3; Lam. 4:20

2. idiom of "shadow of the hand," Ps. 121:5; Isa. 49:2; 51:16

3. idiom of "shadow of the roof," Gen. 19:8

4. idiom of "shadow of God's special cloud," cf. Exod. 13:21-22; 14:19,20,24; Isa. 4:6; 25:4-5; 32:1-2

5. idiom of "shadow of the wing," Ps. 17:8; 36:7; 57:1; 61:4; 63:7; 91:1,4 (similar metaphors in Deut. 32:10-11; Ruth 2:12; Isa. 31:5; Matt. 23:37; Luke 13:34)

6. idiom of "shadow of a tree," Jdgs. 9:15; Ezek. 17:23; 31:6,17; Dan. 4:12; Hosea 14:7

 

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