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JAMES BARR, Semantics and Biblical Theology-a Contribution to the Discussion

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This chapter is intended as a contribution to a discussion between several participants. It serves to stimulate thought about the relations between semantic studies and biblical theology. Semantics and biblical theology are two subjects which have a certain degree of overlap but also a considerable degree of mutual independence. Thus in general theological, as well as non-theological, considerations argue for the recognition of some independence between Hebrew semantics and biblical theology. Though the chapter has emphasized the synchronic axis in the approach to meaning, a diachronic axis can certainly also be discerned in Old Testament language and should be followed up whenever the data are sufficiently plentiful and the chronology of sources sufficiently clear. Due to the interest in the organization of dictionaries, the chapter has concentrated on an analysis of meaning which takes the word as unit.

Keywords: biblical theology; diachronic axis; dictionaries; Hebrew semantics; Old Testament language

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