The Semantics of Biblical Language

The Semantics of Biblical Language

The Semantics of Biblical Language

The Semantics of Biblical Language

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Only a little need be said about the occasion and purpose of this book. It is a main concern of both scholarship and theology that the Bible should be soundly and adequately interpreted. In recent years I have come to believe that one of the greatest dangers to such sound and adequate interpretation comes from the prevailing use of procedures which, while claiming to rest upon a knowledge of the Israelite and the Greek ways of thinking, constantly mishandle and distort the linguistic evidence of the Hebrew and Greek languages as they are used in the Bible. The increasing sense of dependence upon the Bible in the modern Church only makes this danger more serious. The fact that these procedures have never to my knowledge been collected, analysed and criticized in detail was the chief stimulus to my undertaking of this task myself.

The book is written mainly with the instructed theological public in view. Some small knowledge of Hebrew grammar and vocabulary is presupposed. Hebrew words are transliterated on a simple system, in which for example certain differences between vowels are not marked; Hebrew script is used only where special reasons require it. With Greek the opposite is done, and words are transliterated only in special circumstances. The few words of modern Hebrew which occur are transliterated by a system different from that used for the biblical language, as any speaker of the modern tongue must surely find most natural. I apologize to readers who may feel that I have used technical linguistic terms excessively or injudiciously. If I had used them less, the argument would have needed many tiresome circumlocutions. If I had used them more I might have made the argument more precise and satisfying at certain points; but I should have required a lengthy outline of linguistic method in order to define and locate my terms before approaching my special subject at all.

It remains to record my thanks to those who have helped me.

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