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This introductory chapter of the book presents the insights of two recent-and complementary, as it see-methods of linguistic description, viz. functional grammar and cognitive semantics, to the study of Biblical Hebrew, with a specific focus on three chapters in the book of Job, viz. Job 1214. It describes double objective: on the one hand, it aims to advance and refine the application of two recent linguistic methods to the study of Biblical Hebrew, while, on the other hand, it seeks to provide a deepened understanding of the meaning of Job 1214, with the help of the above-mentioned methods. The reader willing to engage in reflection about the relationship between God and Job is thus inevitably compelled to take a position in this confrontation between Job and his friends.

Keywords: Biblical Hebrew; cognitive semantics; God; Job 12-14

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