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Apocalypse and Semitic Syntax (Steven Thompson) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2005) 9780521018784
Apocalypse and Semitic Syntax (Steven Thompson) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2005) 9780521018784
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Title: The Apocalypse and Semitic Syntax

Author: Thompson, Steven

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2005

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521018784

Volumes: 1; Pages: 216

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This book offers a consistent explanation of the peculiarity of the language of the Apocalypse (or Book of Revelation), namely that the rules of Greek grammar are broken because of the influence of Hebrew and Aramaic. It advances previous simila hypotheses in three ways. First, it focuses chiefly on the verbal system. Secondly, by methodically citing the ancient Greek translations of the Old Testament to demonstrate Hebrew/Aramaic influence, it serves as a limited survey of the syntax of the Septuagint. Thirdly, it argues that the Apocalypse's grammar was influenced not by later Hebrew/Aramaic dialects in use during the first century A.D. but by Old Testament Hebrew/Aramaic. This thesis suggests a new approach to the Apocalypse that gives greater attention to the influence of Old Testament Hebrew/Aramaic grammar and a fuller awareness of the writer's indebtedness to the Old Testament.Table of ContentsPrefaceAbbreviationsIntroductionHistorical survey of linguistic observations1. Textual considerations2. Semitic influence on verbal syntax3. Semitic influence on the clause in the apocalypse4. ConclusionAppendicesNotesBibliographyIndices
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