The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible Dataset represents the culmination of years of study on the discourse features and devices speakers and writers of all languages use to convey meaning. The text of the Old Testament is annotated with visual representations for numerous communicative devices. These devices we use every day, but determining what they are, what they signify, and how to identify them in the Bible is something the vast majority of people are not equipped to do. The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible Dataset identifies these discourse markers and performs complex discourse analysis of the entire Old Testament quickly, easily, and accurately, making it one of the most advanced tools for studying the Hebrew text.
The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible Dataset adopts the very same cross-linguistic framework used in the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament Datasets, making it possible for those already familiar to the New Testament version to instantly recognize and grasp the annotations in the new Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible. It is the cross-linguistic basis of Dr. Runge's approach that allows for describing both Greek and Hebrew using the same basic structure and terminology. This collection focuses on annotating linguistic features that are common to communication across all languages.
The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible Dataset includes the entire Hebrew text of the Old Testament marked up with more than twenty discourse devices, making discourse analysis easier than ever! The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible Dataset comes with a general introduction to discourse grammar, where you’ll find an overview of each discourse device and numerous examples from the Hebrew text of how various Old Testament authors used these devices to communicate. The collection also includes a built-in, easy-to-use glossary. With the Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible Dataset, it’s also possible to search for all instances of a particular device, such as all Redundant Quotative Frames in Exodus or all temporal frames in the Pentateuch. The search tool aids in discourse analysis of entire books—textual analysis that once took hours can now be done with a click of a mouse! The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible Dataset makes this all possible.
The author of The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible has performed an invaluable service for all who base their study of the Old Testament on the Hebrew text. In the Introduction, he explains in plain English many biblical Hebrew discourse features and comments on their significance for interpretation. . . . This will be an indispensable tool for all who teach the Old Testament and all who seek to communicate its message to our world.
—Daniel Block, Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College
The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible addresses an acute need and opens new horizons for the study and teaching of Biblical Hebrew at an intermediate level. I have been looking forward to a tool like this for many years.
—Christo van der Merwe, professor in biblical Hebrew and Bible translation, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible represents a new departure in the study of the text. It promises to assist students in thinking through the flow of thought and the structuring of biblical texts.
—James E. Allman, professor of Bible exposition, Dallas Theological Seminary
The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible now provides us with a visual representation of the discourse grammar of the Hebrew Old Testament, displaying a wealth of information for the student, pastor, and scholar. For those of us who teach discourse grammar, this tool is certain to become a primary resource. And for those of us who use discourse grammar to study, preach, and teach, this tool will become a quick favorite. It is one thing to read and talk about discourse grammar, it is another thing altogether to see it living in the text.
—Miles V. Van Pelt, Alan Belcher Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, Academic Dean, Jackson Campus, Reformed Theological Seminary
Whether engaged in sermon preparation, Bible translation, rigorous first-hand research, or classroom instruction, [The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible] will aid the task by drawing attention to important elements of discourse grammar that are usually not highlighted in commentaries but that help us hear the message of Scripture. I highly recommend this resource for those concerned with reading Scripture for depth, not distance.
—Jason S. DeRouchie, associate professor of Old Testament, Bethlehem College and Seminary
A first for Old Testament studies, the Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible Dataset visually presents the discourse and communicative functions of the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. This makes it possible for the reader to quickly and easily recognize how the Old Testament authors structured their message and what elements they considered most important in their clauses, sentences, and paragraphs. This ability to recognize the priorities of Old Testament authors in their writing has significant implications for students writing papers, pastors preparing sermons, and scholars studying the Hebrew text.
The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible: Glossary provides quick, concise definitions of the dozens of discourse features annotated in the Old Testament. By simply hovering over a discourse device annotated in the Hebrew text, the relevant glossary entry appears, allowing you to quickly access information about the device and about the text you’re looking at.
The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible: Introduction builds on the information found in the glossary with an extended definition and explanation of each discourse feature annotated in the Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible. These explanations feature examples from English to orientate the user with how their own language functions and then builds on that with actual examples from the Hebrew text, demonstrating how specific communicative functions are realized in the Hebrew language. What’s more, the Introduction is conveniently accessible directly from the glossary with a single click.
Steve Runge has a Master of Theological Studies degree in Biblical Languages from Trinity Western Seminary in Langley, B.C., Canada, a BA in Speech Communication from Western Washington University, and a Doctor of Literature degree in Biblical Languages from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, which was supervised by Christo Van der Merwe. In preparation for his doctoral research, Steve completed several years of study in the linguistic fields of pragmatics and discourse grammar. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Northwest Baptist Theological College, Trinity Western University, and Associated Canadian Theological Schools (ACTS) while completing his education. He is also very active in the church. He and his wife were married in 1990. They have two daughters, and live in Bellingham, Washington. Steve presently serves as a Scholar-in-Residence at Logos Bible Software, and where, along with this volume, he has developed the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament and the Lexham High Definition New Testament.
Josh Westbury holds a PhD in Biblical Languages from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He also holds an MA in Biblical Languages from the University of Stellenbosch, a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a focus on exegesis and Biblical Languages, and a BA in Theology and Biblical Languages from Houston Baptist University. Josh currently serves as a Scholar-in-Residence at Faithlife.