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This introductory chapter provides an overview of this book, which aims at a comprehensive presentation, discussion, and analysis of parenthesis in Biblical Hebrew. The book begins with a theoretical discussion of parenthesis in general and continues with its recognition and realization in Biblical Hebrew. Theoretical discussions of parenthesis can be traced in linguistic, discourse, and literary studies. Linguistic means to express peripheral parenthetical content are part of any language system. The chapter presents and discusses syntactic and discourse approaches to parenthesis from a theoretical point of view. It then reviews progress in these fields regarding Biblical Hebrew to date. The parenthetical means and expressions are classified in two major groups: full parenthetical clauses, which express external information within a main sentence or in a chain of clauses; and parenthetical words and phrases within a clause or a sentence.

Keywords: Biblical Hebrew; discourse studies; linguistic studies; literary studies; parenthesis



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