This is an intelligible introduction for non-linguists. In this book, authors Peter Cotterell and Max Turnershows how three linguistic principles: the concept of meaning, the significance of author, text, and reader in the search for meaning, and the use of discourse analysis in determining meaning can illumine Scripture. Each principle is illustrated with examples from the Bible and from ordinary speech. This is accesible for laypeople.
How do texts acquire meaning? How is the meaning communicated to the reader? The task of effective biblical interpretation begins with linguistics. In this introductory text on the use of linguistics in biblical interpretation, Peter Cotterell and Max Turner focus on the concept of meaning, the significance of author, text and reader, and the use of discourse analysis.