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Bibil Identifier bibil:202526
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Ambiguity, Ancient Semantics, and Faith
Author Downing, F. Gerald
Journal New Testament Studies (Volume: 56, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 139-162 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract While allowing for polysemy, scholars seem mostly averse to ambiguity, as in the πίστις Χριστοῦ debate; but, it would seem, without engaging with ancient semantic theory. There the model of ‘naming’ and so of evoking an otherwise unspecified mental impression, predominates. Meaning is taken to lie in the mind, not in the word or words that are hoped to evoke it, as is also shown in ancient discussions of metaphor, allegory, and paraphrase. Connotations of individual words are rarely distinguished, rarely if ever purged. We are not justified in expecting verbal precision where our ancient authors will neither have attempted it nor will their hearers have expected it; nor, indeed, do modern psycholinguists appear to find space for it.
DOI doi:10.1017/S0028688509990221
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Greek : Themes : Semantic
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Faith
Terms πίστις
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