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Words and Things Part 8
S. M. Baugh

Linguists have provided significant help to biblical scholars, not the least in the area of lexical semantics. “Lexical” here means words and phrases and “semantics” deals with meanings, so that “lexical semantics” is the study of how words mean. One area of particular help is that linguists posit that individual words often have what is called a “semantic range,” which will be explained and illustrated below.

Words and Things Part 7
S. M. Baugh

Last time, I mentioned that the great Aaronic benediction in Num. 6:22-27 concludes with the wonderful line: “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.” The notion of God putting his name upon someone is an interesting one. One passage that has always stuck with me in this connection is in Exodus: “Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. Pay careful attention to him and obey his voice; do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression, for my name is in him” (Exod. 23:20-21; ESV; emphasis added). Having God’s name is really something!

Words and Things Part 6
S. M. Baugh

I once preached through the book of Hebrews. When I arrived at the end of the book I was very excited about preaching on the benediction in Heb. 13:20-21. I love benedictions. If you study the ‘mother of all benedictions,’ that of Aaron in Num. 6:22-27, you find that God views the benediction not as a prayer...

Some of my favorite books
S. M. Baugh

Some of my favorite theological books include . . .

Words and Things Part 5
S. M. Baugh

We’ve already looked at two things that will be further illustrated here. First is that we have to be very careful with the whole notion of a “literal” translation. Literal does not necessarily mean more accurate. The other thing is the difference between a gloss (i.e., an English word substitute for a Greek word) and description of a word’s meanings. Both of these will come into play when we examine the use of the phrase “do truth” in 1 John 1:6.