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A Call to Covenant Love


Text Grammar and Literary Structure in Deuteronomy 5–11


Profound in its conclusions and targeted toward the exegete, this volume offers a clear method for establishing flow of thought, text hierarchy, and literary macrostructure in biblical Hebrew prose. The study contributes both to hermeneutical theory and to the study of Deuteronomy by arguing for the application of discourse linguistics alongside stylistic and semantic analysis in the interpretation of OT texts. It includes a brief literary-structural and theological commentary on Deuteronomy 5–11 that models the text grammatical approach and shows its benefits for exegesis.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0380-1
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Publication Date: Jun 11,2014
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 428
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0380-1
$133.00

Profound in its conclusions and targeted toward the exegete, A Call to Covenant Love offers a clear method for establishing flow of thought, text hierarchy, and literary macrostructure in biblical Hebrew prose. The study contributes both to hermeneutical theory and to the study of Deuteronomy by arguing for the application of discourse linguistics alongside stylistic and semantic analysis in the interpretation of OT texts. It is distinct from most other textlinguistic studies in its attention to reported direct speech and in its inclusion of a brief literary-structural and theological commentary on Deuteronomy 5–11 that models the text grammatical approach and shows its benefits for exegesis.

The study’s first goal is to clarify the formal elements of biblical Hebrew that operate above the sentence level and that help guide the understanding of text structure. Through rigorous analysis of the formal features, semantic meaning, and discourse function of every clause in Deuteronomy 5–11, this study lucidly evaluates and articulates how biblical Hebrew marks and/or tracks logic and flow of thought, foregrounding, participant reference, and various discourse signals.

As the book’s main title suggests, in this study discourse grammar is a servant to exegesis. Through numerous examples and commentary, the study demonstrates that the biblical text is both coherent in its discussion and cohesive in its organization. Furthermore, A Call to Covenant Love clearly and passionately articulates the lasting message of one of the OT Scripture’s most foundational sections, extending the original call to life-encompassing, Godward surrender into the present age.

Jason S. DeRouchie (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Northwestern College in Saint Paul, MN. He is the author of a number of articles on Hebrew language and literature and co-author with Duane A. Garrett of A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew (B&H, 2008).

Profound in its conclusions and targeted toward the exegete, A Call to Covenant Love offers a clear method for establishing flow of thought, text hierarchy, and literary macrostructure in biblical Hebrew prose. The study contributes both to hermeneutical theory and to the study of Deuteronomy by arguing for the application of discourse linguistics alongside stylistic and semantic analysis in the interpretation of OT texts. It is distinct from most other textlinguistic studies in its attention to reported direct speech and in its inclusion of a brief literary-structural and theological commentary on Deuteronomy 5–11 that models the text grammatical approach and shows its benefits for exegesis.

The study’s first goal is to clarify the formal elements of biblical Hebrew that operate above the sentence level and that help guide the understanding of text structure. Through rigorous analysis of the formal features, semantic meaning, and discourse function of every clause in Deuteronomy 5–11, this study lucidly evaluates and articulates how biblical Hebrew marks and/or tracks logic and flow of thought, foregrounding, participant reference, and various discourse signals.

As the book’s main title suggests, in this study discourse grammar is a servant to exegesis. Through numerous examples and commentary, the study demonstrates that the biblical text is both coherent in its discussion and cohesive in its organization. Furthermore, A Call to Covenant Love clearly and passionately articulates the lasting message of one of the OT Scripture’s most foundational sections, extending the original call to life-encompassing, Godward surrender into the present age.

Jason S. DeRouchie (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Northwestern College in Saint Paul, MN. He is the author of a number of articles on Hebrew language and literature and co-author with Duane A. Garrett of A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew (B&H, 2008).

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Contributor Biography

Jason DeRouchie

Jason S. DeRouchie (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Northwestern College in Saint Paul, MN. He is the author of a number of articles on Hebrew language and literature and co-author with Duane A. Garrett of A MODERN GRAMMAR FOR BIBLICAL HEBREW (B&H, 2008).

  • Table of Contents (page 7)
  • List of Tables (page 11)
  • List of Figures (page 15)
  • Foreword (page 17)
  • Preface (page 19)
  • List of Abbreviations (page 23)
  • Chapter 1: Introduction (page 31)
  • Chapter 2: Theoretical Framework (page 55)
  • Chapter 3: Data Analysis and Presentation (page 85)
  • Chapter 4: Text Grammar (page 125)
  • Chapter 5: Literary Structure and Interpretation (page 247)
  • Chapter 6: Conclusion (page 299)
  • Appendix 1: Clause Breakdown and Clause Coding (page 305)
  • Appendix 2: Macrostructural Outline of Deuteronomy 5-11 (page 375)
  • Appendix 3: Wa at the Beginning of Biblical Books (page 381)
  • Appendix 4: Longacre's Predication Constellations by Text Type (page 385)
  • Bibliography (page 389)
  • Author Index (page 425)
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