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Studies in the Semiotics of Biblical Law (Bernard S Jackson) Hardcover Book, (T & T Clark International, 2000) 9781841271507
Studies in the Semiotics of Biblical Law (Bernard S Jackson) Hardcover Book, (T & T Clark International, 2000) 9781841271507
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Title: Studies in the Semiotics of Biblical Law

Author: Jackson, Bernard S

Publisher: T & T Clark International; Publication Date: 2000

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781841271507

Volumes: 1; Pages: 336

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This book explains and illustrates a variety of semiotic issues in the study of biblical law. Commencing with a review of relevant literature in linguistics, philosophy, semiotics and psychology, it examines biblical law in terms of its users, its medium and its message. It criticizes our use of the notion of 'literal meaning', at the level of both words and sentences, preferring to see meaning constructed by the narrative images that the language evokes. These images may come from either social experience or cultural narratives. Speech performance is important, both in the negotiation of the law and the narratives of its communication. Non-linguistic semiotic phenomena, utilizing other senses and involving such notions as space and time, also need to be taken into account. For the early biblical period, at least, conceptions of law based upon modern models need to be replaced by the notion of 'wisdom-laws'. Amongst the issues addressed in the course of the argument are the structure of the Decalogue, the role in the law of (Greenberg's) 'postulates', 'covenant renewal' and 'talionic punishment'.ContentsAbbreviations Introduction Ch. 1 Some Semiotic Theories Ch. 2 Speech Acts and Speech Behaviour Ch. 3 'Wisdom-Laws' Ch. 4 The Development of Legal Drafting Ch. 5 The Written Media of LawCh. 6 The Temporality of the Law Ch. 7 'Postulates' and Values Ch. 8 Law's Internal Recognition Ch. 9 'Covenant Renewal' and Narrative Structure Ch. 10 Talion Bibliography Index of References Index of Authors
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