Danove attempts to apply constructional grammar to the analysis of the New Testament text. Constructional grammar accounts for linguistic relationships through the concrete, observable constituents of sentences, or as Danove states, “Constructional Grammar describes the grammar of a language in terms of grammatical constructions that identify a particular set of sentence elements and detail the syntactic and semantic constraints on these elements.” In the first two chapters, the author explains his method of analysis and description, focusing on presuppositions, concepts, syntactic and semantic functions and lexical realizations. In chapters three through six he demonstrates the application of his methodology to the Gospel of Mark, addressing such topics as textual criticism, narrative analysis, and the general contributions of the lexicon and parsing guide. For those working in biblical studies, Danove’s insight into contemporary biblical linguistics will surely be welcomed.
Paul Danove is Associate Professor of New Testament Studies at Villanova University, USA. He is the author of The End of Mark’s Story.