Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Jonah: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text

Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Jonah: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text

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Jonah: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text. By W. Dennis Tucker, Jr. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2006, xiv + 117 pp., $19.95 paper.

This volume is apparently the first of a series entitled The Baylor Handbook on the Hebrew Bible edited by W. Dennis Tucker, Jr. The series is similar to an existing sister series entitled The Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament. The handbook is designed for students of biblical Hebrew who are transitioning from an introductory grammar to the domain of exegesis. Rather than being a technical commentary with a traditional introduction and interpretation, this work is limited to translation, lexical forms, syntactic issues, and elements of discourse analysis.

After brief opening comments, the introduction contains a concise presentation of the basic types of discourse, including the narrative, hortatory, expository, and embedded types. The rest of the book divides the text of Jonah into sections or pericopes. Each section begins with the author's English translation followed by a verse-by-verse analysis of the Hebrew text. For each Hebrew verse in a pericope, Tucker includes: (1) a description of the verse's discourse type is provided and an explanation of how the verse fits into the overall discourse structure of the passage; (2) the lexical form of each verb is provided; (3) the other constituents of the verse are discussed, including an explanation of the role each word plays in the grammatical structure of the verse; and (4) other exegetically significant details of the verse are discussed. …

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