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Biblical Words and Their Meaning: An Introduction to Lexical Semantics

Silva, Moises

Go beyond the concordance and grasp the significance of context in biblical word studies. As rewarding as it is demanding, this seminal book synthesizes contemporary scholarship in developing reliable terms for studying “all types of words as elements of language in their own right.” Recommended for pastors and students of biblical languages, or for those familiar with linguistics.

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Note: The inside margin is very narrow in this book, but it is not considered a defect by the publisher. The text is completely readable.





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.

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