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The Lexical Field of the Substantives of 'Word' in Ancient Hebrew

From the Bible to the Mishnah
  • By Federico Dal Bo
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Jewish Monotheism is built on a fundamental assumption: God has spoken to the Jews and commanded them to follow His law. But what exactly are - God's words? This monograph examines the notion of word in Ancient Judaism from the Bible to the Mishnah - from Scripture to this prominent Hebrew law handbook redacted at the beginning of 3rd century c.e. It explores the notion of human and divine word and its transformation in the narrative, legal, poetical, and theological pieces of Jewish literature. It pays particular attention to the semantic evolutions of all those substantives that designate a word or any other relevant element of speech that both humans and God use to communicate with each other. The monograph offers an analysis of the word field of the substantives of word from a double perspective - a linguistic and a cultural one. On the one hand it relies on Eugenio Coseriu's semantics and on the disseminated notion of Hebrew functional languages. It starts from the presupposition that every term has its own meaning only due to its connection with other terms - called lexical field. It also argues that Hebrew can be divided into several functional languages that have different social and communicative functions: a narrative, legal, poetical, and performative one. On the other hand, the monograph also takes into account the reception history of Scripture through its main ancient translations into Greek, Aramaic, and Syriac. In doing so, the monograph examines the word field of the substantives of word also from a cultural perspective and shows the evolution of this fundamental portion of Jewish literature.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9783447116527
    • ISBN 13: 9783447116527
    • Publication Date: 08/01/2021
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Federico Dal Bo
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