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A Discourse Grammar of Biblical Hebrew: Foundations

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In A Discourse Grammar of Biblical Hebrew: Foundations, Dr. Joshua Westbury offers a book-length introduction to discourse linguistics, showing how it can enrich our exegesis and interpretation of the Hebrew Bible. This grammar introduces a variety of grammatical conventions that function above the level of the sentence, impacting how we read the discourse as a whole. Utilizing a function-based approach to language description, Westbury describes the particular discourse functions accomplished by each grammatical device.

A Discourse Grammar of Biblical Hebrew: Foundations also utilizes a cross-linguistic framework. Languages differ in many ways, yet they all share a common set of communicative tasks that they must accomplish. When we read Biblical Hebrew, we see these same cross-linguistic functions accomplished by particular grammatical devices. This cross-linguistic framework allows Westbury to use insights from English and other languages to explain how each device functions in Hebrew.

In this volume, Westbury lays out the central concepts of his functional framework, including semantics vs. pragmatics, cohesion vs. coherence, segmentation, and markedness. With these concepts in place, Westbury sets readers on the path to understanding discourse analysis through an introduction to Hebrew connectives–small grammatical words or phrases that typically link clauses or larger units of discourse to their context. Westbury shows how each connective provides the reader with specific directives for interpreting the context and how each new clause or unit relates to the content that precedes it.

Key Features

  • A conventional explanation of each device in easy-to-understand language, followed a complete discourse explanation of the same device
  • An introduction and overview of important theoretical concepts, including: semantics vs. pragmatics, cohesion vs. coherence, markedness, segmentation, continuity vs. discontinuity, and more
  • Numerous Hebrew examples of how each particular discourse function is used in the Hebrew Bible
  • Careful research, with citations from both Hebrew grammars and linguistic literature, with links to those resources in your library
  • Suggested reading list for continued learning and additional research following each chapter

Product Details

  • Title: A Discourse Grammar of Biblical Hebrew: Foundations
  • Author: Joshua R. Westbury
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Pages: 100
  • Resource Type: Grammar
  • Topic: Discourse Grammar

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

About Joshua R. Westbury

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.


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