Linguistics & Biblical Interpretation

Linguistics & Biblical Interpretation

by Peter Cotterell and Max Turner

Linguistics & Biblical Interpretation
  • Length: 348 pages
  • Published: January 27, 1989
  • Item Code: 1751
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-1751-1

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How do texts acquire meaning? How is the meaning communicated to the reader? The task of effective biblical interpretation begins with linguistics. In this introductory text on the use of linguistics in biblical interpretation, Peter Cotterell and Max Turner focus on the concept of meaning, the significance of author, text and reader, and the use of discourse analysis.


1. Language, Linguistics and Biblical Interpretation
2. Semantics and Hermeneutics
3. Dimensions of the Meaning of a Discourse
4. The Use and Abuse of Word Studies in Theology
5. The Grammar of Words: Lexical Semantics
6. Sentences and Sentence Clusters
7. Discourse Analysis
8. Discourse Analysis: The Special Case of Conversation
9. Non-Literal Language
Author Index
Subject Index
Index to Biblical References