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Semantic Analysis Of Terms Of Speech Of Job 12–14

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This chapter presents semantic analyses of some of the terms of speech in Job 1214. In 13:3, Jobs description of his own desired way of speaking, two verbs designating a form of speaking are mentioned, viz. רבד and יכח hi. For speakers of English, and probably many other languages, the meaning potential of the term יכח is disturbingly broad, as the numerous translational equivalents in the dictionaries indicate. This semantic breadth of the verb is inversely proportional to the relatively small number of attestations in the Hebrew Bible. As a result, many of the proposed meanings of the term apply in only a few cases, which renders (a) description of the terms semantic structure somewhat intricate. Moreover, the verb displays considerable variation in the valency patterns it governs.

Keywords: Hebrew Bible; Job 1214; terms of speech



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