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Bridging the Gap between Linguistics and Literary Studies of Ancient Biblical and Jewish Texts: A Proposal Exemplified by a Study of Gen 9:8–17

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This chapter considers the connectivity of words, grammar, and texts in close relation to cognition and to exemplify this cognitive linguistic approach in a study of Gen 9:8-17, the so-called rainbow-text of God's covenant with Noah and the earth. The goal of cognitive linguistic approach is to study meaning embedded in language, culture, and cognition by exploiting verifiable semantic methods for the analysis of linguistic expressions. One of the fundamental assumptions of this approach is that language is used within culturally determined categories of conceptualization. Iconographic information may help to build up a mental image of ancient Near Eastern people and their visualizations of gods or goddesses with a bow. All these correspondences together build up a composite meaning complex which is made possible by the sharing of base components. Metonyms can be either real or fictional concepts representing other concepts either real or fictional.

Keywords: cognitive linguistic approach; iconography; Jewish texts; linguistics; literary studies



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