recodification

Changing the system, or code, of which a word, expression or idea is part and so changing its meaning. This process allows much of the power of the "original" use to be carried over, but a very different message to be communicated. The Hebrew prophets commonly made skillful use of this process, taking something familiar to their hearers/readers and changing the matrix of which it is part. Amos' use of the tradition of Exodus provides a good example.


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