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God, Language and Scripture Paperback – January 29, 1991
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Some think the biblical languages hold the key to deep understanding. Others that a good English translation is all any scholar really needs. In God, Language and Scripture, Moises Silva reveals the truth somewhere between these two extremes.
This is a pretty easy read: a brief, semi-popular overview of linguistics in biblical interpretation. Silva provides many pointers to understanding the connection between language and hermeneutics. The book is non-technical, entertaining at times, and accessible even to beginners. I highly recommend it.
Silva provides a health-giving antidote to the unscientific views of Hebrew and Greek which are often presented in studies on the languages of the Old and New Testaments.
A must for all serious students of biblical Hebrew and Greek.
With precision and scholarly care Dr. Silva converses the following topics:
- The beginning and advancement of modern linguistics
- Literary criticism, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and philosophy in relation to the study of language
- Semantic and stylistic aspects of grammar, syntax, pronunciation vocabulary, sound and discourse
- Biblical language transmission of scripture in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek
- Textual criticism and translation of scripture
- Habitual exegetical errors.
Some may deem the author's mild emphasis on the importance of Aramaic as unfounded forasmuch as the bulk of Jewish works from the era of the New Testament are written in Hebrew (Mishnah/Talmud), Jesus spoke to Paul in Hebrew in the Book of Acts (yes many assert that Hebrew=Aramaic), first century ossuaries and coins have Hebrew inscriptions. Either way the NT writers had a Hebrew/Aramaic mindset and the word order in the Gospels often follows Hebrew.Read more ›