Discours analysis of the BHS Hebrew text Nehemiah 3:33-4:17, 6:1-19 and Jonah
Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary
Nehemiah BHS Hebrew text Jonah;
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According to Reed's four 'major tenets of discourse analysis', the first section of this essay has analysed and, consequently, highlighted four dimensions of the Hebrew text of Nehemiah 3:33-4:17 and 6:1-19. First of all, the relationship between Nehemiah, the implied reader and the text in communicative events has been examined. Secondly, the cohesiveness and coherence of the discourse has been analysed by investigating its discourse boundary, its time horizon in succession and progression, its episodic division, and its plot carried not only by the problem-resolution structure but also the peak theory. Lastly, the grammar beyond the sentence level and the social functions of language use, in particular in the conversations in the discourse, have been explored by the application of conversation analysis and speech act theory. Taking a further step by employing and applying the four dimensions of discourse analysis, the second section of this essay has analysed and dug out the text theme of the BHS Hebrew text of Jonah.68 Firstly, the relationship between the author, the audience and the text as historical narrative has been investigated. Secondly, the cohesiveness and coherence of the chosen text has been examined by the analysis of its discourse boundary, episodic division, stage-peak analysis. Finally, the text theme of Jonah has been drawn by the analysis of the Peak´(denouement), conversation analysis and speech act theory.