Discourse Features of New Testament Greek: A Coursebook on the Information Structure of New Testament Greek
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Dr. Levinsohn, with expertise in both New Testament Greek and discourse analysis, wrote this coursebook for use in classroom lectures and discussion groups, as well as for self-instruction. He draws on his research and his experience in seminars, teach-ins, and courses as he describes discourse features that he and other researchers have studied in depth. For maximum benefit, students should already have some basic familiarity with discourse analysis and some knowledge of Koiné Greek. They do not need extensive knowledge of Greek vocabulary, but do need the ability to identify the case of a noun, the tense-aspect of a verb, and to distinguish participial, relative, and main clauses. The seventeen chapters cover topics such as constituent order, sentence conjunctions, patterns of reference, back grounding and highlighting, and reporting conversations. Discourse features are illustrated from passages of the New Testament. Most sections include review questions to assist the student in applying the principles. Table of ContentsPrefaceIntroductionAbbreviationsPart I: Constituent OrderCoherence and DiscontinuitiesPoints of DepartureConstituent Order in the CommentMore on Constituent OrderPart II: Sentence ConjunctionsKai and Ae in NarrativeTote, Non-Conjunctive Kai, and Te SolitariumThematic Development in Non-Narrative TextPart III: Patterns of ReferenceParticipant ReferenceThe Article with SubstantivesPart IV: Backgrounding and Highlighting DevicesBackgrounding of SentencesBackgrounding Within SentencesHighlighting and the Historical PresentPart V: The Reporting of ConversationThe Default Strategy for Reporting ConversationsMore on Reported Conversations in the Synoptic Gospels and ActsReported Conversations in John s GospelThree Ways of Reporting SpeechPart VI: Boundary FeaturesAppendixSuggested Answers to Illustrative PassagesGlossaryReferencesIndex of Scripture ReferencesIndex of Topics