William A. Ross

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pp. 117–171


  • English

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55 pages

Cognitive Linguistic Theory and the Biblical Languages

Chapter of: Linguistic Theory and the Biblical Text(pp. 117–171)
This chapter introduces Cognitive Linguistic theory with special at-tention to its application to the study of the ancient languages of the Bible. Beginning with a brief survey of the historical background and origins of Cognitive Linguistics, this chapter then identifies four key theoretical commitments that unify an otherwise diverse ap-proach. Subsequently, this chapter identifies six major concepts within Cognitive Linguistics—image schemas, frame semantics, domains and conceptual metaphor, mental spaces and conceptual blending, prototypes and semantic extension, and cognitive ap-proaches to grammar—explaining them in some detail and demon-strating their application to biblical texts in either Greek or Hebrew. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the use of Cognitive Lin-guistics within biblical studies over the past few decades, highlight-ing recent applications and identifying potential for future research. Key words: Cognitive Linguistics; Greek; Hebrew; Biblical Lan-guages; Biblical Studies


William A. Ross

Associate Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary

William A. Ross (PhD, University of Cambridge, 2018) is associate professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. His publications include Postclassical Greek Prepositions and Conceptual Metaphor (edited with Steven E. Runge; De Gruyter, 2022) and Postclassical Greek and Septuagint Lexicography (SBL Press, 2022). His research focuses on the Septuagint, linguistics and lexicography, and the history of biblical philology.