(From Outside the Camp, Vol. 12, No. 1)
In this issue you will find three literary illustrations with extended metaphors. These are known as analogies or parables. As in all cases with such a method of illustration, the metaphor will break down at some point, since there is not an exact correspondence between the source (vehicle) and the target (tenor). But I hope you will get the picture.
As we start our twelfth year of publication, I would like to report some statistics from our web site. In 2007, our site had visits from people in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, United States, and Zimbabwe. We had 50,705 hits from 9,723 visits in January; 46,413 hits from 7,804 visits in February; 45,302 hits from 10,131 visits in March; 39,669 hits from 10,412 visits in April; 38,407 hits from 10,469 visits in May; 47,147 hits from 14,711 visits in June; 46,453 hits from 14,825 visits in July; 43,478 hits from 12,101 visits in August; 36,336 hits from 9,611 visits in September; 41,494 hits from 9,965 visits in October; 42,773 hits from 8,936 visits in November; and 60,851 hits from 9,991 visits in December. This averages out to be 1,477 hits per day and 353 visits per day. Praise God!