Forthcoming: Postclassical Greek Prepositions and Conceptual Metaphor

Postclassical Greek Prepositions and Conceptual Metaphor

Five years after the workshop at Tyndale House, Cambridge our papers are finally being published. Many thanks to the hard work that Steve Runge & Will Ross put into make the workshop happen and their efforts on bringing all the papers together into this volume.

  • Editors: William A. Ross, Reformed Theological Seminary & Steven E. Runge, Grace School of Theology.
  • Languages: Englisch, Greek
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Copyright: 2022
  • Audience: New Testament and LXX scholars, Greek grammarians and lexicographers, Classicists, Linguists, Students of the Greek Bible
  • Pages: 280

Publisher’s description

Traditional semantic description of Ancient Greek prepositions has struggled to synthesize the varied and seemingly arbitrary uses into something other than a disparate, sometimes overlapping list of senses. The Cognitive Linguistic approach of prototype theory holds that the meanings of a preposition are better explained as a semantic network of related senses that radially extend from a primary, spatial sense. These radial extensions arise from contextual factors that affect the metaphorical representation of the spatial scene that is profiled. Building upon the Cognitive Linguistic descriptions of Bortone (2009) and Luraghi (2009), linguists, biblical scholars, and Greek lexicographers apply these developments to offer more in-depth descriptions of select postclassical Greek prepositions and consider the exegetical and lexicographical implications of these findings. This volume will be of interest to those studying or researching the Greek of the New Testament seeking more linguistically-informed description of prepositional semantics, particularly with a focus on the exegetical implications of choice among seemingly similar prepositions in Greek and the challenges of potentially mismatched translation into English.