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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:55627
Doc. No:TL25581
Call number:‭3245273‬
Main Entry:Joshua E. Williams
Title & Author:An analysis of word equivalencies between the books of Kings and the books of ChroniclesJoshua E. Williams
College:Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Date:2006
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2006
Page No:430
Abstract:Even the casual reader of the books of Kings and Chronicles will notice that much of the material between the books is parallel. In fact, approximately half of the material in Chronicles has a parallel in the books of Samuel or Kings. This large quantity of parallel material provides a unique opportunity for one to conduct comparative research of these two books. One may examine them in terms of linguistic features such as grammar, syntax, or vocabulary, compositional features such as the compositional techniques used by each author, or theological features including the theological outlook of each book. This dissertation focuses upon the linguistic features of Kings and Chronicles, specifically, their vocabulary. The specific nature of this investigation is quantitative. It involves the tabulation of word equivalencies between the books of Kings and Chronicles. "Word equivalency" means the Chronicler's choice of words in rendering a passage from Kings. Each word from the book of Kings is identified with its equivalent in the parallel texts of the book of Chronicles. Data gathered from word equivalencies are the basis of the analysis. It limits its analysis to the frequency and distribution of word equivalencies. The frequency of a word equivalency is the number of times a specific word equivalency occurs. The distribution is the specific cluster of the occurrences of each equivalency. The study is comprehensive in analyzing every word equivalency between Kings and Chronicles in which a word in Kings can be identified with a single word equivalent in Chronicles. This type of analysis aims to describe the lexical inventory of the Chronicler's treatment of Kings. The quantitative analysis of word equivalencies investigates the relationship between Kings and Chronicles from the perspective of semantic equivalency. By analyzing the diction of Kings and Chronicles quantitatively, one can begin to describe the "rules" that emerge from the word equivalencies in the parallel texts. This type of analysis provides a picture of the lexical options available to the Chronicler as well as the possible semantic range of words that he renders from Kings. Chapter one provides a brief historical sketch of the research concerning the parallel material between Kings and Chronicles. It begins by answering the question regarding the use of Kings as a source for Chronicles and shows that Kings does serve as a source for Chronicles. Having established the use of Kings as a source, it seeks to characterize the relationship between Kings and Chronicles: as text-type, as historiography, or as exegesis. Finally, methodological considerations are discussed. Chapter two presents the data that forms the basis of the analysis. The first step is presenting the lexical inventories of each book in order to provide an index for the evaluation of the word equivalencies. The lexical inventories are grouped according to the presence of each word in the books. The second step is presenting the word equivalencies. They are presented according to the relationship of the word in Kings compared to the word in Chronicles (i.e. the same word occurs in both Kings and Chronicles) and the number of words that relate to each other. Chapter three is an analysis of the data. It begins by analyzing the lexical inventories of each book in order to identify characteristic words. Next, the frequency of the word equivalencies is analyzed. The analysis includes each word equivalency in which the same word does not occur in Kings and Chronicles. Following the analysis of the frequency of word equivalencies, their distribution is discussed. Finally, the word equivalencies are classified into different groups. Chapter four provides a synthesis of the analysis of the word equivalencies. The purpose of the synthesis is to identify patterns that emerge from the Chronicler's treatment of Kings. These patterns provide descriptive "rules" that characterize the Chronicler's treatment of Kings. The synthesis proceeds according to the part of speech of the word found in Kin s. The synthesis concludes with observations regarding the "rules" that emerge from the Chronicler's treatment of Kings. Chapter five relates the findings of the quantitative analysis to current topics of OT research. First, it discusses how these findings provide further evidence for the question regarding the relationship between Kings and Chronicles. Second, it highlights the contribution of this study to the lexical studies of Biblical Hebrew. Third, it demonstrates the significance of this study in the area of intertextuality because of its use as an index for evaluating whether two texts are intentionally connected or not. Finally, it addresses the external influences on the diction of the Chronicler. The influences discussed are Biblical Aramaic and other biblical texts.
Subject:Philosophy, religion and theology; Language, literature and linguistics; Chronicles 1; Chronicles 2; Hebrew; Kings 1; Kings 2; Word equivalencies; Ancient languages; Linguistics; Bible; 0289:Ancient languages; 0290:Linguistics; 0321:Bible
Added Entry:J. H. Sailhamer
Added Entry:Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary