Greg Schmidt Goering

Honey and Wormwood Taste and the Embodiment of Wisdom in the Book of Proverbs

Volume 5 () / Issue 1, pp. 23-41 (19)

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Proverbs conceives of words as food, which a person eats, stores in his stomach, and regurgitates as speech. The sense of taste plays a crucial role in this imaginative process as an evaluator of sweet and bitter, wise and foolish: a well-trained palate rejects folly's bitterness and ingests wisdom's sweetness. In this understanding, acquiring wisdom is as much a bodily process as it is a mental one.

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