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By Sue Groom / Paternoster / 2003
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Many linguistic tools and methods are applied to biblical texts in order to gain meaning from them. Such applications do not always take into account the perspective of the investigators, the presuppositions of the methods used and the nature of the material to which it is applied. These are all factors that influence the meaning obtained from the text. takes us through the pitfalls and limitations of the methods available, considering textual transmission, comparative philology, diachronic and dialectal variation, and the impact this has on the relationship between reader, author and text.
Linguistic Analysis of Biblical Hebrew takes us through the pitfalls and limitations of the methods available, considering textual transmission, comparative philology, diachronic and dialectal variation, and the impact this has on the relationship between reader, author and text. Combining a critical account of long-established approaches to Hebrew meanings with a lucid introduction to newer and more recent methods such as lexical semantics and text-linguistics, this substantial volume provides an in-depth linguistic analysis of biblical Hebrew.
This illuminating read will be of interest to undergraduates, postgraduates, those who have previously studied Hebrew and those who know no Hebrew, but would like to start somewhere.
Sue Groom. . . guides the reader in a sure-footed way through the study of the nature of Hebrew as a language, the nature of the Biblical text, and the way we may go about understanding the words and the sentences in which their meaning is determined.
—John Goldingay, David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary
I can think of no more effective way of enriching the higher undergraduate and postgraduate study of Hebrew at the present time than by the careful study of this book.
—Graham Davies, Professor of Old Testament Studies, University of Cambrid
This is an admirably lucid, comprehensive and balanced critique of linguistic tools and methods as they have been applied to Biblical Hebrew. . . it is a timely and refreshing study.
—John Sawyer, Professor of Biblical and Jewish Studies, University of Lancaster
Sue Groom is the Vicar of St. Matthew’s, Yiewsley. She has a degree in Applied Linguistics, an M. Phil in Computer Speech and Language Processing and an MA in Aspects of Biblical Interpretation.