Understanding Participant-Reference Shifts in the Book of Jeremiah

A Study of Exegetical Method and its Consequences for the Interpretation of Referential Incoherence

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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.
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Biographical Note

Oliver Glanz, Ph.D. (2010), VU University Amsterdam, is post-doctoral researcher at the Werkgroep Informatica (WIVU). He has published several articles including an article series on the hermeneutical foundations of biblical theology in AUSS, 2009-2010.

Readership

All interested in exegetical methodology, Hebrew discourse grammar, and participant tracking. Especially OT scholars, Hebraists, and Bible translators will benefit from this study.