By Gregory P. Fewster
Fewster develops the speculation of lexical monosemy, in a systemic-functional linguistic framework, and disputes concensus readings of as nature in Romans eight.
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Bauer’s lexicon is far more context-sensitive, and does provide more examples of lexis in context (see below). ’ True etymology has use in historical lexicography and traces the meaning of a word over time. It seems that the etymological information available for the Greek language is mostly folk etymology, that is, fanciful accounts of a word’s origins. 46 Closely related to an etymological approach is the relationship between the Greek and Hebrew languages. The Greek of the New Testament holds a unique place inasmuch as this collection of literature (written in Greek) is closely related to a corpus of Hebrew works subsequently translated into Greek (the LXX).
Selecting an Approach If previous treatments of creation language in Romans 8 are lacking in sophistication and precision, what, then, is the way forward in this discussion? Two options present themselves. P. 60 However, as will be shown in the subsequent chapter, some of the theoretical elements of these works contain weakness that prohibit them from being an accurate and applicable description of lexis and lexical function. The second, and preferred, option is to construct an alternative model for discerning lexical function that is sensitive to the present issue.
In that regard there may be no need for homonymy (Riemer, Introducing Semantics, 162). Criteria are therefore necessary to provide some sort of constraint. 24 The details of these relationships are not overly pertinent to the present discussion. See Cruse, Meaning in Language, 108–111, for his descriptions. 25 Nerlich and Clarke, “Polysemy and Flexibility,” 8. The significance of this assertion is that it appears to be a major assumption in their edited volume on polysemy and flexible meaning, signalling its wide acceptance.
Creation Language in Romans 8: A Study in Monosemy by Gregory P. Fewster