By John Emerton
The 8th Congress of the overseas association for the research of the previous testomony was once held from 18 to 23 August 1974 below the Presidency of the Rev. G. W. Anderson, D.D., Theol. D., F.B.A., Professor of Hebrew and previous testomony reviews on the college of Edinburgh.
The current quantity comprises the entire papers that have been learn via invitation other than Professor E. G. Clarke's on 'Jacob's dream at Bethel as interpreted within the Targums and the recent Testament', which, it had already been prepared, used to be to seem in experiences in faith, IV.4 (1974-5).
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In other words, the signified is expressed in the signifying. But there are deep structures which by transformation produce diverse surface structures, and simple elements of meaning (semes) which by combination produce sememes or words. It would happen, in a similar way, with the profound structure of the signified which comes through in the signifying. I say that this is true on the level of realization; on the level of perception, however, we begin with the signifying (well-known are the problems connected with a componential analysis when the language in question lacks words to express certain components).
But irony can color a whole literary work or a main section of a work; for instance, Judith's irony regarding Holofernes and the author's irony regarding some of his characters is a constitutive element for the meaning of the work. He who does not perceive it, will falsify the meaning in some cases, and miss half of it in others. One of the principal tasks of the exegete should be to analyze and expound this formal quality and its function in the work; this is not usually done. In the book of Jonah irony has been commonly detected and at least recorded; its analysis could be developed more through the various scenes until its culmination 11 Cfr.
315. Cf. Burke O. LONG, The Problem of Etiological Narrative in the Old Testament (BZA W CVIII; Berlin: T6pelmann, 1968), for principles in evaluating the question. 5 6 32 G. W. COATS quite distinct from an aetiology. The account opens in vs. 8 with an announcement of the attack by the Amalekites. The body of the pericope, vss. 9-12, then focuses on Moses' response to the attack, not Joshua's, not even Yahweh's. That response breaks down into two major sections. The first, vs. 9, is a Moses speech, unveiling his plans for defense to Joshua.