Linguistics and hermeneutics are often regarded as two mutually exclusive scholarly disciplines. Recent decades, however, have witnessed the rise of linguistic approaches that take meaning back to the heart of their inquiry and can be fruitful for textual interpretation. This book applies the insights of two such approaches, i.e. functional grammar and cognitive semantics, to the study of Biblical Hebrew with a specific focus on Job 12-14. The result is two-fold. The study offers a detailed linguistic analysis, providing many new insights in the linguistic peculiarities of the text and Biblical Hebrew in general. Moreover, it proposes a fresh exegetical reading of Job’s longest and central speech in the book.
From Linguistics to Hermeneutics
Oliver Glanz, VU University Amsterdam
In Understanding Participant-Reference Shifts in the Book of Jeremiah methodological reflections lead to a text-phenomenological investigation of the origins and functions of participant-reference shifts.
Reinoud Oosting, Leiden University
In The Role of Zion/Jerusalem in Isaiah 40–55 Reinoud Oosting offers a linguistic and literary analysis of the Biblical Hebrew text of Isaiah 40-55, focusing on the depiction of Zion/Jerusalem in these chapters.
Jan P. Fokkelman
Fokkelman presents the Hebrew and the English text of Job in its original contours and proportions (412 strophes, 165 stanzas), weighs the poet’s precision (who counted his syllables on all text levels) and redraws the portrait of the hero: integrity vindicated.
W.Th. van Peursen, J.W. Dyk (eds)
This volume in honour of Eep Talstra focusses on the function of tradition in the formation and reception of the Bible, and the role of the innovations brought about by ICT in reconsidering existing interpretations of texts, grammatical concepts, and lexicographic practices.
Each of the four chapters of the book focuses on a different aspect of the division between Judah and Israel: between the Northern and Southern prophets, between the Jacob and Abraham narratives, between the Exodus and the Zion traditions and the circumstances of unification.
This book provides an exhaustive analysis of the semantic domain of ‘gift’ in Ancient Hebrew. The investigation focuses on the single lexemes and provides an overall picture of the developments of the lexical field across the linguistic layers of Ancient Hebrew.
Following an extensive study of Ezekiel 18 and 20, this book offers a redefinition and a new theoretical basis for the concept of corporate personality. This theory is subsequently applied to Ezekiel 18 and 20 to analyze the collective and individual features.
Pancratius C. Beentjes
Since the Book of Chronicles is increasingly studied on its own, and not as a copy of 1-2 Samuel and 1-2, this study treats the various aspects and themes of this rich document. It provides an analysis of specific texts and topics uncovering the Chronicler's permanent creativity to transform ...
Aarnoud van der Deijl
What are the similarities and differences between Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern war stories? In this study narratological analysis is applied to compare the ideology of the Old Testament book of Kings to the ideology of ten extrabiblical texts
Starting with a thorough study of canonical criticism, this book purports that a historical study is necessary for a veridical dogmatic canon. The evidence for this is presented in this book, which is a new historical study of the canon process that follows its development from the earliest stages.
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