Radical Frame Semantics and Biblical Hebrew

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Radical Frame Semantics and Biblical Hebrew:Exploring Lexical Semantics by Stephen Shead.
Biblical Interpretation Series – BIS 108
Brill Academic Publishers, 2011
List Price: $182.00
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It’s depressingly expensive (as most Brill books are), but I’d say that it’ll also be an incredibly important work for Biblical Hebrew research in semantics and lexicography. It’d be wonderful for a book like this to appear for Greek, but I’m not holding my breath—though Paul Danove’s work on verb classes is a quite similar approach. I also wonder how well its bound. Here’s the book description (LINK):


Since James Barr’s work in the 1960s, the challenge for Hebrew scholars has been to continue to apply the insights of linguistic semantics to the study of biblical Hebrew. This book begins by describing a range of approaches to semantic and grammatical analysis, including structural semantics, cognitive linguistics and cognitive metaphors, frame semantics, and William Croft’s Radical Construction Grammar. It then seeks to integrate these, formulating a dynamic approach to lexical semantic analysis based on conceptual frames, using corpus annotation. The model is applied to biblical Hebrew in a detailed study of a family of words related to “exploring,” “searching,” and “seeking.” The results demonstrate the value and potential of cognitive, frame-based approaches to biblical Hebrew lexicology.

Product Details

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Publication date: 2011
Bibliographic info: xxviii + 378 pages

Cover: Cloth
ISBN: 90-04-18839-8
ISBN13: 978-90-04-18839-6

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  1. Hi Mike,

    Thanks for your very optimistic comments on my book (blush!). I feel very self-conscious commenting on your post on my own book, but I just noticed that Eisenbrauns actually misspelled my first name. Having informed them of the mistake, I decided I’d better do a quick internet search, in case the error spreads … and up popped your post. So, um, could you please correct it? Otherwise I might have to change my name in a year or so 🙂

    Stephen Shead.

      1. Thanks for that. Incidentally, I have actually stopped by before – though Hebrew’s more been my area, I’m very interested in the state of affairs in NT Greek linguistics too, as well as Bible translations, and lurk here sometimes. I’ll crawl back into my “interested observer” corner now…

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