In Semitic languages, the link between various words is established, not by a term’s imagined or abstract meaning, but by its mechanical structure. Certain words contain specific consonants in a particular order, and words built around those consonants not only sound connected but have a related usage. For example, a book is something that is written, so the word “book” in Arabic, sounds like the word “write,” but also sounds like the word “office,” or “library,” or “desk,” or “clerk,” or “registration,” or the “exchange of letters”—I could go on, but you get the point. Hebrew works in exactly the same way. In the Bible, our ability to see these connections in the original language is an absolute requirement. Without them, it is impossible to understand the Bible.
In this week’s episode, before jumping into a discussion of Mark 15:22, Richard and Fr. Marc take time to discuss how they use the word “function” to help explain the Bible and how it relates to biblical grammar.
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What is The Bible as Literature?
Each week, Dr. Richard Benton, Fr. Marc Boulos and guests discuss the content of the Bible as literature. On Tuesdays, Fr. Paul Tarazi presents an in-depth analysis of the biblical text in the original languages.