Figures of Speech .... used in the Bible? important to know?
In just about all discussions ( threads) here I have noticed how some participants appear to either have little or no knowledge of figures of speech or they give the impression as if they deem the use of figures of speech in the Biblical text and perhaps any other text as not really important.
Are there figures of speech used in the Biblical text? are there many or only few? what constitutes a figure of speech?
Is there any importance to recognize figures of speech in the Biblical text for understanding correctly what the text teaches? Or can figures of speech be more or less ignored and everything written in the Bible is to be understood literally?