The Semantics of Glory

A Cognitive, Corpus-Based Approach to Hebrew Word Meaning


Despite its centrality in mainstream linguistics, cognitive semantics has only recently begun to establish a foothold in biblical studies, largely due to the challenges inherent in applying such a methodology to ancient languages. The Semantics of Glory addresses these challenges by offering a new, practical model for a cognitive semantic approach to Classical Hebrew, demonstrated through an exploration of the Hebrew semantic domain of glory. The concept of ‘glory’ is one of the most significant themes in the Hebrew Bible, lying at the heart of God’s self-disclosure in biblical revelation. This study provides the most comprehensive examination of the domain to date, mapping out its intricacies and providing a framework for its exegesis.

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Biographical Note
Marilyn E. Burton gained her Ph.D. in Old Testament from the University of Edinburgh (2014). Her research focuses on the application of cognitive linguistics to ancient languages, and particularly its practical outworking in the field of biblical translation and exegesis.
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"I think Burton makes a contribution towards the better understanding of the concept glory in Classical Hebrew. She also provides some parameters to consider when trying to describe a semantic domain of the ancient language." ~ Dr Christo H J van der Merwe, Stellenbosch University, in Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages (JNSL), Vol. 44/1 (2018)
Scholars interested in the study of ancient language, particularly to those working in the field of cognitive linguistics; those working in the fields of biblical exegesis and bible translation.
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