A Case for the Traditional Translation and Interpretation of Genesis 1:1 Based upon a Multi-Leveled Linguistic Analysis

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A Case for the Traditional Translation and Interpretation of Genesis 1:1 Based upon a Multi-Leveled Linguistic Analysis

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Title: A Case for the Traditional Translation and Interpretation of Genesis 1:1 Based upon a Multi-Leveled Linguistic Analysis
Author: Wilson, Joshua
Advisor: Fuller, Russell T.
Abstract: This dissertation examines the linguistic issues related to the translation and

interpretation of Genesis 1: 1. Chapter 1 introduces the necessity for this study,

explaining the theological implications that pertain to the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo.

Chapter 2 offers a history of the translation and interpretation of Genesis 1: 1.

It covers most of the major historical eras, beginning with the period of the Old

Testament and ending with the period of the Reformation.

Chapter 3 analyzes the three linguistic levels related to the translation of

Genesis 1: 1 : the lexical, grammatical, and syntactical levels. The central issue of this

chapter is whether the word n~t.;i~'J:;l is in the absolute or construct state.

Chapter 4 analyzes the two linguistic levels related to the interpretation of

Genesis 1: 1: the lexical (O:~~/rj~ and ij1n/ij1:l) and syntactical levels. The central

issue of this chapter is whether or not there is semantic continuity between Genesis 1: 1

and 1:2.

Chapter 5 summarizes the linguistic data related to both the translation and

interpretation of Genesis 1: 1, explaining again the implications for creatio ex nihilo.

This dissertation contends that the traditional translation and interpretation of

Genesis 1: 1 are the most faithful to the principles of Classical-Hebrew linguistics.

URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/3823
Date: 2010-12

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