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From Words to Meaning
Studies on Old Testament Language and Theology for David J. Reimer
Samuel Hildebrandt, Kurtis R. Peters, Eric N. Ortlund
David J. Reimer, to whom this volume is dedicated, has taught over twenty years at New College in Edinburgh. During this time, he has published and supervised many projects in the areas of Hebrew language study and Old Testament theology. These two disciplines often stay each in their own territory. As a token of recognition to David’s scholarship, From Words to Meaning is designed to bridge this gap and to demonstrate afresh how speaking theologically about the Old Testament is enriched when it focuses on how these ancient texts communicate their message.
With its analysis of selected literary aspects, words, and theological questions, the volume contributes to current methodological discussions in both disciplines. Each of its twelve essays provides a case study that models the crossover between theology and language study. Alongside up-to-date discussions about Bible translation and biblical theology, the volume sheds new light on old questions, such as resurrection and Christology in the Old Testament. Inasmuch as all of these items are established topics in Old Testament theology, From Words to Meaning highlights time and again how close attention to Hebrew language results in a more nuanced understanding. This holds true especially for the many exercises of lexical semantics and pragmatics that are included in the volume. Readers will benefit from the careful study of the words ‘to save' and ‘glory’, but will also gain fresh insights into the rhetoric of David’s tears, Hosea’s culinary metaphors, and Jeremiah’s speech quotation.
The combination of well-established writers and emerging new voices results in a rounded sample of how we may move ‘from words to meaning’. With its expertise and methodological orientation, the volume is an excellent resource for all scholars who are interested in the interplay of theology and language in the field of Old Testament studies.
1. TOWARD A FUTURE FOR OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY
2. AN ECHO OF THE UGARITIC BAAL CYCLE IN THE SONG OF THE SEA?
AN EXPLORATION IN HISTORICAL THEOLOGY
3. SEMANTICS AND SILENCE: READING ABRAHAM’S SACRIFICE
BETWEEN FAITH TRADITIONS
4. WEEPING AS A PERSUASIVE TOOL: DAVID’S TEARS AND
THE DEATH OF ABSALOM
5. TELL נא HOW IT IS: PLACING הגד־נא WITHIN BIBLICAL HEBREW
6. ‘STAND ON THE EARTH’ OR ‘RISE ABOVE THE DUST’?
THE SEMANTICS OF RESURRECTION IN JOB 19.25
7. GLORY IN THE HEIGHTS AND IN THE DEEP: SOME IMPLICATIONS
OF SEMANTIC ANALYSIS FOR A BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF GLORY
Marilyn E. Burton
8. THEOLOGY IN KNEAD OF LANGUAGE: BREAD, OVENS,
AND THE POLITICS OF HOSEA 7
9. EDOM IN THE BOOK OF ISAIAH
10. QUOTING THE WORD OF GOD: LANGUAGE AND THEOLOGY
IN JEREMIAH 4.10 AND 32.25
11. THE LONG PSALM: FORM AND INTERPRETATION
12. OLD TESTAMENT CHRISTOLOGY?
Matthew V. Novenson