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Title: Studies in the Semiotics of Biblical Law
Author: Jackson, Bernard S
Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark; 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'.
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 Law
Ch. 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
Index of References
Index of Authors