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Understanding Participant-Reference Shifts in the Book of Jeremiah: A Study of Exegetical Method and its Consequences for the Interpretation of Referential Incoherence
Glanz, Oliver

Leiden: Brill, 2013 pp. xvi + 380. $189.00

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Studia Semitica Neerlandica, 60


Description: In prophetic and poetic literature of the Old Testament references to textual participants are inconsistent with regard to their gender, number and person characteristics. Oliver Glanz for the first time provides a systematic study of the phenomenon of participant-reference shifts. The study is restricted to the book of Jeremiah and reflects upon the methodological conditions that should guide the analysis of participant-reference shifts. Focusing on computer assisted pattern recognition the research suggests that Jeremiah's participant-reference shifts should not be understood from a diachronic perspective. Understanding the origin and function of participant-reference shifts rather from the perspective of syntax, text grammar and rhetorics proves to be more consistent with the textual evidence. With this insight participant-reference shifts no longer have to distort textual coherence.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Jeremiah, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Historical Approaches, History, Textual Criticism, Literary Approaches

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Review by Kelly A. Whitcomb
Published 6/26/2015
Citation: Kelly A. Whitcomb, review of Oliver Glanz, Understanding Participant-Reference Shifts in the Book of Jeremiah: A Study of Exegetical Method and its Consequences for the Interpretation of Referential Incoherence, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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