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Biblical Hebrew and Discourse Linguistics (Robert D Bergen (ed)) Paperback Book, (Summer Institute of Linguistics, 1994) 9781556710070
Biblical Hebrew and Discourse Linguistics (Robert D Bergen (ed)) Paperback Book, (Summer Institute of Linguistics, 1994) 9781556710070
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Title: Biblical Hebrew and Discourse Linguistics

Author: Bergen, Robert D (ed)

Publisher: Summer Institute of Linguistics; Publication Date: 1994

Paperback; ISBN: 9781556710070

Volumes: 1; Pages: 560

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Twenty-two essays by an international list of scholars approach Biblical Hebrew topics and texts from a perspective informed by discourse linguistics.Table of ContentsPart I: Grammatical, Syntactical, and Accent Studies Discourse Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew Grammar Christo H. J. van der Merwe Weqatal Forms in Biblical Hebrew Prose Robert E. Longacre Salience, Implicature, Ambiguity, and Redundancy in Clause-Clause Relationships in Biblical Hebrew Francis I. Andersen On the Hebrew Verbal System Alviero Niccacci Methodological Collision between Source Criticism and Discourse Analysis Randall Buth A Discourse Perspective on the Significance of the Masoretic Accents Lars LodePart II: Narrative Genre Analysis of Biblical Narrative Alviero Niccacci Introducing Direct Discourse in Biblical Hebrew Narrative Cynthia L. Miller Genealogical Prominence and the Structure of Genesis T. David Andersen Some Literary and Grammatical Aspects of Genealogies in Genesis Nicholas Andrew Bailey Is Genesis 27:46 P or J? And How the Answer Affects Translation Hanni Kuhn The Miraculous Grammar of Joshua 3-4 Nicolai Winther-Nielsen Evil Spirits and Eccentric Grammar Robert D. Bergen A Textlinguistic Approach to the Biblical Hebrew Narrative of Jonah Robert E. Longacre and Shin Ja J. HwangPart III: Topics Relating to Nonnarrative Genres Functions and Implications of Rhetorical Questions in the Book of Job Lénart J. de Regt Genre Criticism and the Psalms Ernst R. Wendland Genre and Form Criticism in Old Testament Exegesis Bo-Krister Ljungberg Hebrew Proverbs and How to Translate Them Murray Salisbury Units and Flow in the Song of Songs 1:1-2:6 John Callow Some Discourse Functions of Prophetic Quotation Formulas in Jeremiah H. Van Dyke Parunak The Poetic Properties of Prophetic Discourse in the Book of Micah Francis I. Andersen Vision and Oracle in Zechariah 1-6 David J. ClarkReviews"Twenty-two papers selected from a 1993 Seminar in Dallas, attended by a combination of professional Bible translators, biblical scholars and discourse linguists, are divided into three parts: Grammatical, Syntactical and Accent Studies; Narrative Genre; and Topics Related to Nonnarratives Genres. There is an introductory essay by C. H. J. van der Merwe on 'Discourse Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew Grammar,' which will help non-specialists."--PRD in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 71"Discourse linguistics comes of age in this remarkable collection of 22 essays by 21 contributors. Contributions begin with examination of current issues in the discussion of discourse linguistics, such as the role of specific verbal forms in foregrounding and backgrounding clauses. The essays then apply this method to Masoretic accents, literary forms, sociological approaches and genre criticism in Hebrew and biblical studies. A third section moves discourse linguistics beyond narrative studies to apply it to psalms, wisdom literature and prophetic discourse. This is an important volume, both because it bears witness to the diversity that now appears under the rubric of discourse linguistics and because it provides an introduction to this significant tool for Hebrew exegesis in the variety of Old Testament literature. The absence of an index and the technical nature of some contributions should not prevent the serious exegete from consulting this work."--Themelios October 1995, Vol. 21, No. 1"This collection arose from a conference of mostly working Bible translators but also linguists and biblical scholars which was held in 1993. The twenty-two essays are divided into three sections. Part 1 Grammatical, Syntactical, and Accent Studies has articles on discourse linguistics and Hebrew grammar, weqatal forms, salient features, the Hebrew verbal system, the collision between source criticism and discourse analysis, and the Masoretic accents. Part II Narrative Genre discusses analysis of biblical narrative, direct discourse, genealogies and Genesis, Genesis 27:46, the miraculous grammar of Joshua 3-4, evil spirits and eccentric grammar, and a textlinguistic approach to Jonah. Part III Topics Relating to Nonnarrative Genres addresses rhetorical questions in Job, genre criticism and the Psalms, genre and form criticism in Old Testament exegesis, how to translate Hebrew proverbs, Song of Songs 1:1-2.6, prophetic quotation formulas in Jeremiah, prophetic discourse in Micah, and vision and oracle in Zechariah 1-6. A helpful feature is that each essay is headed by an abstract."--L. L. Grabbe in Society for Old Testament Study Booklist 1995"This collection of twenty-two essays by twenty-one biblical scholars, translators, and linguists resulted in large part from the Seminar on Discourse Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew held in Dallas, Texas, May 31-June 11, 1993. This Seminar, sponsored by the Summer Institute of Linguistics, examined the interdisciplinary field of Biblical Hebrew discourse analysis and provided a context for discussion by some ninety participants and over seventy papers. Twenty of the essays published in this volume originated in this conference. Following a foreword by Francis I. Andersen and a preface by Robert D. Bergen, the essays are categorized under three parts: 'Grammatical, Syntactical, and Accent Studies,' 'Narrative Genre,' and 'Topics Relating to Nonnarrative Genres.""-JBL115/1 (1996)"Twenty-two papers in English from the Seminar on Discourse Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew held 1993. Grammatical, syntactical, and accent studies include C. van der Merwe on discourse linguistics and biblical Hebrew grammar; R. Longacre on weqatal forms in Hebrew prose; F. Andersen on problems in clause-clause relationships; A. Niccacci on the Hebrew verbal system; R. Buth on methodological tension between source criticism and discourse analysis; and L. Lode on the masoretic accents. Studies in narrative genre include A. Niccacci on biblical narrative; C. Miller on direct discourse in biblical narrative; T. D. Andersen on genealogy and structure in Genesis; N. Bailey on genealogies in Genesis; H. Kuhn on whether Gen 27:46 is P or J; N. Winther-Nielsen on Jos 3-4; and R. Longacre and S.J. J. Hwang on a text linguistic approach to Jonah. Studies on non-narrative genres include L. de Regt on rhetorical questions in Job; E. Wendland on genre criticism in Pslams; B.-K. Ljungberg on genre and form criticism in OT exegesis; M. Salisbury on Hebrew provers; J. Callow on Song 1:1-2:6; H. Van Dyke Parunak on prophetic quotation formulae in Jeremiah; F. Andersen on prophetic discourse in Micah; and D. Clark on vision and oracle in Zec 1-6. A potentially useful resources for translators and exegetes."--Marvin A. Sweeney, School of Theology at Claremont in Religious Studies Review (Vol. 22, Nov. 1, January 1996)"This volume consists primarily of a selection of papers read at the meeting of the Seminar on Discourse Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew in 1993 in Dallas. They have been edited and supplemented for publication. Among the contributors and the participants in the seminar are both academic linguists and translators of the Bible. "The authors of the plurality of these articles (van der Merwe, Longacre, F. I. Andersen, Niccacci, and Buth) reject the classical doctrine of a "tenseless" Hebrew verb. Instead, they distinguish two types of communication (narrative and discourse) and two temporarl relations (mainline and discontinuous), each with characteristic verb forms. 'Marked,' or subject-verg, word order indicates discontinuity with the mainline sequence. Andersen and Niccacci argue further that Biblical Hebrew exhibits a true 'tense' system. Buth identifies examples of exceptional 'unmarked' secondary line forms. Several authors (Miller, Callow, Van Dyke Parunak, and Clark) explore the role of the verb in structuring discourse."--Mark E. Biddle, Carson-Newman College in The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 58, 1996"The twenty-two articles which make up this volume were culled from 50-60 papers presented at the June 1993 'Seminar on Discourse Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew' in Dallas, Texas, sponsored by the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL). Two of the articles were not actually presented at the Seminar; all of them represent edited versions of the oral originals. This volume provides a window into the 'state of the art' in Hebrew discourse analysis, primarily (though not exclusively) from an SIL perspective. The articles are organized under three headings: 1) strudies on the general issues of syntax, grammar and the system of masoretic accents, 2) studies of the narrative genre, and 3) studies of non-narrative genres. The authors are a multinational mixture of professors (biblical studies or linguistics), field translators and general linguists. There is a foreword by Francis I. Andersen."--A. G. in Journal of Biblical Literature 114/2 (1995)
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