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Hebrew Lexical Semantics and Daily Life in Ancient Israel: Whatís Cooking in Biblical Hebrew?
Peters, Kurtis

Leiden: Brill, 2016 pp. xii + 234. $125.00

Series Information
Biblical Interpretation Series, 146


Description: In Hebrew Lexical Semantics and Daily Life in Ancient Israel, Kurtis Peters hitches the world of Biblical Studies to that of modern linguistic research. Often the insights of linguistics do not appear in the study of Biblical Hebrew, and if they do, the theory remains esoteric. Peters finds a way to maintain linguistic integrity and yet simplify cognitive linguistic methods to provide non-specialists an access point. By employing a cognitive approach one can coordinate the world of the biblical text with the world of its surroundings. The language of cooking affords such a possibility Ė Peters evaluates not only the words or lexemes related to cooking in the Hebrew Bible, but also the world of cooking as excavated by archaeology.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Hebrew, Historical Approaches, History, Archaeology

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Review by Alison Gray
Published 2/14/2019
Citation: Alison Gray, review of Kurtis Peters, Hebrew Lexical Semantics and Daily Life in Ancient Israel: Whatís Cooking in Biblical Hebrew?, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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