Studies in the Semiotics of Biblical Law

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A&C Black, 2000 M11 1 - 338 páginas
This book explains and illustrates a variety of semiotic issues in the study of biblical law. Commencing with a review of relevant literature in linguistics, philosophy, semiotics and psychology, it examines biblical law in terms of its users, its medium and its message. It criticizes our use of the notion of 'literal meaning', at the level of both words and sentences, preferring to see meaning constructed by the narrative images that the language evokes. These images may come from either social experience or cultural narratives. Speech performance is important, both in the negotiation of the law and the narratives of its communication. Non-linguistic semiotic phenomena, utilizing other senses and involving such notions as space and time, also need to be taken into account. For the early biblical period, at least, conceptions of law based upon modern models need to be replaced by the notion of 'wisdom-laws'. Amongst the issues addressed in the course of the argument are the structure of the Decalogue, the role in the law of (Greenberg's) 'postulates', 'covenant renewal' and 'talionic punishment'.

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Abbreviations
8
INTRODUCTION
11
Chapter 1 SOME SEMIOTIC THEORIES
21
Chapter 2 SPEECH ACTS AND SPEECH BEHAVIOUR
42
Chapter 3 WISDOMLAWS
70
Chapter 4 THE DEVELOPMENT OF LEGAL DRAFTING
93
Chapter 5 THE WRITTEN MEDIA OF LAW
114
Chapter 6 THE TEMPORALITY OF THE LAW
144
Chapter 7 POSTULATES AND VALUES
171
Chapter 8 LAWS INTERNAL RECOGNITION
208
Chapter 9 COVENANT RENEWAL AND NARRATIVE STRUCTURE
231
Chapter 10 TALION
271
Bibliography
298
Index of References
318
Index of Authors
328
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Página 143 - ... all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the Lord. And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book.
Página 70 - You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth...
Página 246 - And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey...
Página 142 - And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments : and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do.
Página 236 - And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, in all the signs and the wonders, which the LORD sent him to do in the land of...

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Bernard Jackson is Alliance Professor of Modern Jewish Studies, Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester.

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