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When first published in 1983, Biblical Words and Their Meaning broke new ground by introducing to students of the Bible the principles of linguistics, in particular, on lexical semantics — that branch that focuses on the meaning of individual words. Silva's structural approach provides the interpreter with an important lexical tool for more responsible understanding of the biblical text and more effective use of standard exegetical resources. This revised edition includes a bibliographical essay by Silva, "Recent...
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Overview

When first published in 1983, Biblical Words and Their Meaning broke new ground by introducing to students of the Bible the principles of linguistics, in particular, on lexical semantics — that branch that focuses on the meaning of individual words. Silva's structural approach provides the interpreter with an important lexical tool for more responsible understanding of the biblical text and more effective use of standard exegetical resources. This revised edition includes a bibliographical essay by Silva, "Recent Developments in Semantics," and an appendix by Karen H. Jobes, "Distinguishing the Meaning of Greek Verbs in the Semantic Domain for Worship," that provides the reader with a substantive example of lexical study.

Author Biography: Moises Silva is Mary French Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310456711
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 4/28/1983
  • Pages: 201

Meet the Author

Moisés Silva taught biblical studies at Westmont College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Seminary. He is the author or coauthor of eight books and the revising editor of the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition 8
Preface 9
Abbreviations 13
Introduction 17
1 Etymology 35
2 Semantic Change and the Role of the Septuagint 53
3 Semantic Change in the New Testament 75
4 Some Basic Concepts 101
5 Sense Relations 119
6 Determining Meaning 137
Conclusions 171
Annotated Bibliography 179
Recent Developments in Semantics 183
Appendix: Distinguishing the Meaning of Greek Verbs in the Semantic Domain for Worship 201
Index of Authors and Titles 212
Index of Subjects and Glossary 218
Index of Greek Words 221
Index of Hebrew and Aramaic Words 222
Index of Biblical References 223
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2002

    A great read!

    For those who want to begin their investigation into lexical semantics as it relates to the biblical languages, this is a great step. Silva explains certain contemporary foundational linguistic and semantic principles (some previous linguistic knowledge is very helpful, but not needed) and then proceeds to give a survey of lexical work and historical principles used in the study of the OT, LXX and NT. He argues for a balanced and educated approach to determining word meaning and does so in a way that is refreshing to the scholar and helpfully guiding to the student. This is a must read for any biblical language student. I ended up reading the whole book for fun!

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