Book Review: Verbs of Transference by Paul Danove – Introduction

Danove, Paul. A Grammatical and Exegetical Study of New Testament Verbs of Transference. Library of New Testament Studies 329. Studies in New Testament Greek 13. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 2009.

Many thanks for Continuum/T & T Clark for a review copy – and for the benefit of full disclosure, the link above is through the Amazon Associates program.

This review has been coming for some time. I apologize that it’s later that one would have hoped. But even after a couple months, I’m still quite excited about this book. Paul Danove has provided us with a comprehensive survey of the semantics of transference verbs in the New Testament along with a short lexicon summarizing the results of his tremendous effort.

Some of my readers already know that this is his second book related to this issue (semantic roles, verbs & the lexicon) and that Danove has also published numerous articles examining a variety of verbs over the past two decades. His previous book focused on the verbs & prepositions for in the Gospel of Mark. That was, indeed, a huge undertaking, but at the same time, had its own issues arising from the rather limited size of the corpus.

And that is exactly what makes this second book significant: Danove has attempted to cover an entire semantic class of verbs for the Greek New Testament: Verbs of Transferences.

As a whole the book consists of ten chapters and four appendices. Theoretically, the first two chapters are both the most significant and also the most difficult. Danove has developed a highly complex system of semantic features for distinguishing each verb. From there the following seven chapters survey and analysis the semantics & syntax of all the verbs in question in their argument structure as well as their semantic content. The final chapters provide the lexicon developed from the analysis.

In what follows, I will focus my attention on the first two chapters in detail and then provide a more focused look at representative sections of the rest of the book where the rubber hits the road for theory & method both in the analysis as well as in the Lexicon. Excluding this short introduction, this will be a three part review. Part I will appear tomorrow, Part II on Friday, and Part III on Saturday. I’ve already written up half of the review and will be doing the rest on Friday and Saturday.


Part I – Chapters 1-2

Part II – Chapters 3-8

Part III – Chapters 9-10 & Conclusions