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Creation Language in Romans 8: A Study in Monosemy
Fewster, Gregory P.

Leiden: Brill, 2013 pp. xiv + 204. $133

Series Information
Linguistic Biblical Studies, 8

Description: Modern scholarship tends to understand Paul’s use of creation language (κτίσις) in Rom 8.18–23 as part of a commentary on the state of sub-human creation. This misguided position warrants an inquiry into the state of lexical study in New Testament scholarship. As a result, Fewster articulates a theory of lexical monosemy, cast in the framework of Systemic Functional Linguistics. The model is applied to Paul’s use of κτίσις through a robust corpus analysis and investigation into the word's role within the paragraph. κτίσις contributes to the cohesive structure of Rom 8.18–23 and—contra the majority of interpreters—functions as a metaphor for the human body.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Romans, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Greek

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Review by Andrew W. Pitts
Published 7/29/2014
Citation: Andrew W. Pitts, review of Gregory P. Fewster, Creation Language in Romans 8: A Study in Monosemy, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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