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As an introduction to Greek discourse analysis, Linguistics and New Testament Interpretation places special emphasis on its practical application to the language of the New Testament. Its aim is to provide the reader with an understanding of the contribution discourse analysis makes to understanding the NT message. Part I of the book introduces some fundamental principles of discourse analysis. Part II analyzes the discourse features of selected New Testament texts.
Black, et al, assembles here fourteen essays on NT discourse analysis (DA), a modern translational methodology. DA is broadly defined as the attempt to study the organization of language above the sentence level, concentrating on larger linguistic units such as entire conversations or written texts. In its attempt to understand a text’s flow of thought, DA not only analyzes how it produces that flow of thought, it also investigates the relationships between language, action, thought, and situation. Chief among its concerns is to show the internal coherence or unity of a particular text. It is a holistic study of the text. This volume examines the place of discourse analysis in biblical exegetics.
Patiently working through many of the articles of this volume will repay the reader handsomely—not only in fresh insights on particular texts, not only in new methods for approaching old problems, not only in a systematic means of accounting for the ways he or she reads a text, but also in renewed excitement and enthusiasm for the task of interpreting the NT.
—Richard Erickson, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
David Alan Black currently serves as Professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He has written or edited over 100 essays and 14 books, including Learn to Read New Testament Greek. He and his wife and sons live on a ranch near Oxford, North Carolina.