Linguistics and the Biblical Text

  Sponsors: Elizabeth Robar, William A. Ross      Email Sponsors

This research group addresses issues in applied linguistics and the biblical text. Our aim is both to bring more students and scholars into the discussion as well as to advance the discussion within scholarship. We consequently have all papers available well in advance and we spend most of our meeting time in discussion.

3:30 PM to 5:30 PM (CT)
Room: Virtual/Online

Theme: Four Views on Linguistic Theories and the Biblical Texts

This session will be virtual. The 2021 session of the Linguistics and the Biblical Text research group will address the history, relevance, and prospects of broad theoretical linguistic frameworks in the field. Four invited contributors will each represent a particular view, outlining its key theoretical commitments and important contributions to contemporary study of the biblical text. These four presentations will be followed by open panel discussion focused on identifying the comparative advantages of each theory and the most pressing areas of new research and pathways for mutual improvement and collaboration. For more information, visit the Research Groups tab under the IBR website (

Elizabeth Robar, Cambridge Digital Bible Research, Presiding

Jacobus A. Naudé, University of the Free State and Cynthia L. Miller-Naudé, University of the Free State Generative Linguistics as a Theoretical Framework for the Explanation of Problematic Constructions in Biblical Hebrew (20 min)

William A. Ross, Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte)
IBR Ross - Cognitive Linguistic Theory and the Biblical Languages (20 min)

Sophia L. Pitcher, University of the Free State
Emerging from Silos of Analysis: A Complexity Theory Approach to the Study of the Biblical Text 2021  (20 min)

Randall Buth, Institute for Biblical Languages and Translation
Contributions of Functional Linguistic Theory to Linguistics and Its Application for Biblical Hebrew/Koine Greek (20 min)

Discussion (30 min)

Business Meeting (10 min)